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Naked Rambler Organisation Defensor Libertatis The Naked Rambler ceramic by Sally Hackett acquired by the NЯO website

Sally Hackett graduated in Illustration from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2012 and has been receiving significant recognition for her work since.

Celebrating the bare-faced art of public nakedness, from streakers to nudists, and reinterpreting the traditional nude sculpture along the way, Dundee illustration graduate Sally Hackett has certainly achieved in the originality stakes. From Michael O’Brien (the Australian is regarded as the first major sporting event streaker, having invaded the pitch during an England v France Rugby Union match at Twickenham, 20th April 1974) to Erica Roe, the “most famous” of all streakers, Hackett’s ceramic depictions of well-known exhibitionists are fascinating, witty and charming – but it’s her portrayals of euphoric nudism that really evoke a surprisingly liberating response.

Create GB spoke with Sally, and it didn’t come as too much of a shock that Grayson Perry and David Shrigley were cited as inspirations…

Has being British had an effect on your discipline?

“I have been very inspired by Staffordshire pottery, showing a narrative in a curious form. This has influenced the ceramics I make, along with objects British people display in their own homes; like trophies and mantelpiece ornaments.”

The top 3 British creatives who have inspired you?

“Grayson Perry, David Shrigley and Martin Creed.”

Where in Britain do you feel most inspired?

“My local pound shop.”

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“I don’t know about the best piece of advice, but the worst piece was to restrain myself when using glitter.”

If creativity was an Olympic sport who’s the one person you’d want to represent Britain on the global stage?

“Jarvis Cocker, who I feel is creative and inspiring on many creative levels.”

Michael O'Brien ceramic by Sally Hackett Erika Roe ceramic by Sally Hackett

Sally explores the social rituals that are present within today’s youth culture through the medium of ceramics. In an era where smart phones are a must have, and the ‘selfie’ reigns supreme in an individual’s daily routine, Hackett’s work looks to present a tongue-in-cheek picture of what modern youth has become, while hinting at the darker side of the young generation’s practices.

Extracted from “Fun just wants to have Girls” a Sally Hackett exhibition in the Meadows Gallery, Summerhall, during July 2014.

Focussing on the boundaries of public nudity in Britain. I have been exploring different forms of nakedness from the impulsive act of streaking to the loyal commitment of naturism. Looking at the history, prominent figures and events which have formed the public consensus of what is acceptable and decent when it comes to naked behaviour today.” ( Dundee Degree Show 2012 )

Sally Hackett and meet the volunteer in Project Ability. “…although graduating in illustration, I currently specialise in ceramics. Combining these two aspects results in the sculptural narratives I create. My work explores the public and their perception of common decency. I like to explore the human condition, glorification and humorous aspects of life.”

“Mediums of printmaking, drawing, painting and textiles are also very dominant in my work. Experimentation is something that is very important to me so how successfully Project Ability utilises this is amazing.”

The Naked Rambler ceramic acquired by the NЯO website.

The Erika Roe ceramic sold to a private bidder for £360.

The Michael O’Brien ceramic. Available for sale.