There’s a charm to Sally Hackett’s solo exhibition at Generator Projects. From its title – A Toilet Is A Wishing Well – to the ceramic figures that populate the show, there’s a sense that Hackett is making an effort to include the viewer in her whimsical world. But after the initial smile of recognition, a closer look reveals the sorrow exuding from the figures; breadflesh trapped behind oven racks, unformed hands scrambling vainly to escape toilet bowls, tears running down their glossy faces. The exhibition guide speaks of an “innate sadness”, and it’s hard not to empathise with these lumps of food and clay.
Exhibition runs until 6 Sept.
Words: Ana Hine