Sally Butcher's Art practice focuses on human conceptions of beauty, especially in relation to representations of the feminine, as they are mediated between art, culture and the viewer. She is particularly interested in formations of gender and the manipulation of desire used in contemporary mass media and often appropriates such imagery within her own work, to explore their power of seductive distortion and their ability to structure our way of seeing through everyday consumption.
Within her pieces she employs techniques of drawing, printmaking, photography and painting, at times combined with hand-sewn & collage elements. She uses the subjects and objects associated with the feminine; faces, bodies, hair, mixed with lace, ribbons, veils and flowers. These are cropped, reframed, covered and uncovered, separated from their usual context and brought under intense scrutiny, attempting to distort and derange, to challenge our everyday assumptions of gendered identity.