Approved: 04.11.2010

Sally Waterman

Artist, Film-maker, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 04.11.2010

Sally Waterman’s interdisciplinary arts practice and research is concerned with the interpretation of literature into an elusive form of self-portraiture. She creates poetic still and moving image works that explore memory, place and familial relationships, drawing upon writers such as Henry James, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Critical writing, Curating
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Performance, Photography, Research
  • Tags: Video, Photography, Practice-based research, Literary adaptation, Memory, Family, Autobiography, Self-portraiture, Narrative, Trauma
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Sally Waterman’s interdisciplinary arts practice and research is concerned with the interpretation of literature into an elusive form of self-portraiture. She creates poetic still and moving image works that explore memory, place and familial relationships, drawing upon writers such as Henry James, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.

    Her doctoral study used T.S Eliot’s 1922 poem, ‘The Waste Land’ as a framework to examine her self-representational strategies and adaptation methods, culminating in a collection of photographic and video installations (2005-2010). Waterman re-invents the source material through a fragmentary re-scripting exercise, seeking autobiographical associations with certain images, themes, characters or concepts. Indeed, the chosen literary text functions as a mechanism for self-representation, enabling the recollection and re-imagining of past trauma. Difficult, yet universal experiences of illness, conflict, loss and separation are illuminated through a cathartic transition from literature into visual art, where repressed memories are addressed through staging the self.

    Past group exhibitions have included 'Shifting Horizons', Derby Museum & Art Gallery and Midland Arts Centre (2000-2001), 'Forest', Nottingham Castle Museum, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wolverhampton Gallery and York Art Gallery (2004-2005), 'What Happens Next?' Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London (2008) and 'Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts', Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany (2013). Her work is held in public and private collections including The School of Art Institute of Chicago, King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvar, Hungary, the National Art Library at the V&A and the Yale Center for British Art, New York. She has lectured at Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth and is currently an associate lecturer at Ravensbourne, London.

    CV & Education

    Education

    2004-2010 PhD Media & Photography: ‘Visualising The Waste Land: Discovering a Praxis of Adaptation’, University of Plymouth

    2006-2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) University of Plymouth

    1995-1996 MA Image & Communication (Photography), Goldsmiths College, University of London

    1992-1995 BA (Hons) English with Design Arts, University of Plymouth

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    2015

    Translucence, the [...] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea

    2012                       

    Waste Land, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

    2010                       

    Waste Land, Scott Building, University of Plymouth

    2008                       

    Waste Land: Game, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

    2007                       

    Still-Moving, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London

    2005                       

    Making Our Mark, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)

    Making our Mark, Scott Gallery, University of Plymouth

    2002                       

    Hidden Within, Five Princelet Street Gallery, London

    2001                       

    Forest Fears, The Spitz Gallery, London

    2000                       

    The Other Side of a Mirror, Kingsgate Gallery, London

    1997                       

    Through the Banisters, Mary Ward Centre Cafe Gallery, London

    1996                       

    The Waves, Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight

     

    Group Exhibitions/Screenings

    2016

    Bodies of Water, Force 8, Methodist Chapel, Bridport, Dorset: Screening of 'February'

    Filming the Personal, Close-Up cinema, Shoreditch, London: Screening of 'The Deep Sea Swell'

    I’ll Tell You My life: Remembering, ViSiONA festival, Auditorium of the Council of Huesca, Spain: Screening of 'Against' and ‘Wisdom

    Grammar of Wavelength, Western Isles Museum, Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland (Voyage Boxed shown)

    Voyage Boxed, Galerie UQO, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

    Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, Experimental Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India: Screening of 'Against'

    2015

    Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, Harrow, London: Screening of 'Against'

    Voyage Boxed, Herhúsið, Siglufjörður, Iceland

    Bodies of Water, Cornwall Film Festival, Murdoch House, Redruth: Screening of 'February'

    Bodies of Water, Plymouth University: Screening of 'February' 

    2014

    Family Ties: Re-Framing Memory, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London

    Sweet Thames Run Softly, The Duke's Head, Putney and The Mayflower, Rotherhithe, London: Screening of 'Against', 'Urban Shadow Walks' and 'Rural Shadow Walks'

    Image-Movement-Story conference, Roehampton University, London: Screening of 'In the Cage'

    Bodies of Water, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol: Screening of 'February'

    Turn the Page, Artist book fair and exhibition, Fusion Gallery, The Forum, Norwich: 'Voyage' edition and screening of 'February'

    Out of the Box, FAB, Fringe Arts, Bath

    Art in a Box, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

    Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations, Creativity Zone, University of Sussex, Brighton 

    The Innocents: GHost at Camberwell Free Film Festival, St. Giles Church, London: Screening of 'Turn of the Screw'

    2013                       

    8 Studios From Here, Deptford X, London

    Liminal, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London

    Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping & Trans-Oceanic Concepts, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany

    2012                       

    Ghost IV Presence and Absence: The Haunted Landscape, St John on Bethnal Green, London

    Off the Shelf: the Self and Subjectivity in the Artist’s Book, Stockwell Studios, London

    The Uncanny, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire

    Art in Romney Marsh, St Mary in the Marsh, Kent

    Liquidity, Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth: Screening of 'February' as part of the 'Water:Image' conference

    Standpoint Open: Diamonds in the Rough, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (West Gallery)

    2011

    Crop, Avenue Gallery, School of the Arts, University of Northampton

    Who is the Third Who Walks Always Beside You?, Micro Gallery, The Firestation, Windsor

    Last Friday Shorts, CoExist Gallery, TAP, Southend-on-sea: Screening of The Deep Sea Swell and The Awful Daring of a Moment’s Surrender

    Photo Book Works, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

    2010                       

    Photo Book Works, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA

    Nightmare conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London: Screening of Turn of the Screw and participation in panel discussion with filmmaker Sarah Miles           

    Place, Identity and Memory, Reading Lasses Bookshop, Wigtown book Festival, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland                       

    2009                       

    Place, Identity and Memory, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

    Place, Identity and Memory, Stranraer Museum, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

    Framing Time and Place: Repeats and Returns in Photography, Scott Gallery,

    University of Plymouth

    Deptford Dark Nights, London, Art Services Un-incorporated. Screening of Urban Shadow Walks

    2008                       

    What Happens Next? Pitzhanger Gallery and Manor, London

    Moving Out, LOCATE Research group, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

    Inferno, The Shipwright’s Palace, Deptford, London: Premiere screening

    Immersion, LOCATE Research group, Scott Building, University of Plymouth

    The Art of Research: Research Narratives, Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Art & Design

    2007                       

    Escapes, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

    Journey, Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales

    Regard, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

    2006                       

    Uncurated, Faircharm Studios, Made in Deptford Festival, London

    4th International Artist’s Book, King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvar, Hungary

    Put Away Those Childish Things, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

    Renderyard Film Festival, Escape Art Gallery, London:  Screening of Passing Through

    2005                       

    Imprint, Frame Zero, London, Photomonth (Joint show with Tessa Bunney)

    Journey, The Clifford Fishwick Gallery, University of Plymouth, (Exeter)

    Made in Deptford Festival, Café Crème, London. Screening of Higher Ground/Underground

    Forest, Nottingham Castle Museum and Arts Gallery

    Forest, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

    Forest, York Art Gallery

    2004                       

    Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

    Trace Editions, Hirschl Contemporary Art, London

    Haunt, Sherborne House, Dorset

    2003                       

    Earthbound, Arches, Resolution way, Deptford X, London

    Cross Currents, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)

    2001                       

    Shifting Horizons, Derby Museum and Art Gallery                                    

    Shifting Horizons, School of Art, Burslem, Stoke on Trent

    2000                       

    Shifting Horizons, Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham

    1999                       

    To the Lighthouse, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)

    1998                       

    Garden Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Rope Store Gallery)

    1997                       

    Similar Differences, Ostholstein Museum, Eutin, Germany

    1996                       

    Similar Differences, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, California, USA

                           

    Commissions

    2012-2013

    Rethink Your Mind, UK: Judge for mental health arts competition, organised by AdvanceUK, SISO and HowRU?

    2006/2007           

    Art & Adventure, London: Created experimental video for live multimedia adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. Producer Roger Elsgood, Director William Richards

    2004                       

    Polaris Productions Ltd, London: Stills photographer on film set of Gas, directed by Sylvie Bolioli

    2003                       

    Trace Gallery, Weymouth (www.traceisnotaplace.com): Journey Home Limited edition artist book (35 in edition)

    Since 1997           

    Millennium Images Ltd: Photographs used for book covers and editorial projects

    Clients include: New Scientist, Faber & Faber, Random House, Routledge & Virago

    1997                       

    The Garden Gallery Project, ‘Cassies’, Billingham, Isle of Wight:  Photographs made in response to private garden exhibition (July 1997)

    1997                       

    Bateau Ivre Theatre Company, London: Director of Photography: Provided visuals for set design and promotion

     

    Bibliiography

    Books

    Arnold-de Simine, Silke and Leal, Joanne (Eds.) (forthcoming 2018) Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory, London/New York: Bloombury

    Helff, Sissy and Michels, Stefanie (ed) (forthcoming 2017) Global Photographies: Memory – History – Archives, Bielefeld: Transcript

    Wells, L, Newton, K and Fehily,C. (eds) (2000)  Shifting Horizons: Women's Landscape Photography Now, London: I. B. Tauris.

     

    Exhibition Catalogues

    'Art in a Box' (2014) Exhibition catalogue with text by Joanna Bryant, Great Missenden, UK: One Church Street Gallery.


    'Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts' (2013) Exhibition catalogue with essays by Nancy Campbell, Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch, Dortmund, Germany: Kunstlerhaus Dortmund.


    'Photo Book Works' (2010) Exhibition catalogue with text by Alicia Bailey, Denver, USA: Abecedarian Gallery.


    'Place, Identity and Memory' (2009) Exhibition catalogue with text by Julian Watson, Dumfries & Galloway, UK: Gracefield Arts Centre.


    'Fourth International Artist's Book Exhibition' (2006) Exhibition catalogue with text by Katalin Izinger and Buzz Spector, Székesfehérvár, Hungary: King St. Stephen Museum.


    'Forest' (2004) Exhibition catalogue with essays by Caroline Smallwood, Yvonne Aburrow and Roger Kelly, Wolverhampton, UK: Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


    'Haunt' (2004) Exhibition catalogue with introduction by Maev Kennedy, Sherbourne, UK: Sherborne House.

    Artist Bookworks

    'Je Veux (I Want)'  (2003) Paris: One Star Press. (700 editions, 230 artists)

    'Journey Home' (2003) Artist book (35 editions)

     'Voyage Boxed' (2014) Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany (50 editions, 18 artists)

     

    Collections

    Dortmund Kunstlerhaus, Germany; Edinburgh School of Art, UK; John M. Flaxman Library, The School of Art Institute of Chicago; King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvar, Hungary; Manchester Metropolitan University; National Art Library, V&A; Penrose Library, University of Denver; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK; Tate Library, London, UK; University of Glasgow; University of Northampton, University of Plymouth, Yale Center for British Art, New York; private collections

     

    Artist Residencies

    Nov 2012-May 2013 Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A): Wimbledon College of Art, London

     

    Curatorial Projects

    April 2016

    Filming the Personal, Close-Up cinema, Shoreditch, London Co-curator of film programme exploring paternal relationships, featuring work by Duncan Cowles, Jill Daniels, Anthea Kennedy, Theresa Moerman, John Smith, Alia Syed and Sally Waterman.

    February 2016

    I’ll Tell You My life: Remembering, ViSiONA festival, Auditorium of the Council of Huesca, Spain: Co-curator of film programme featuring work by Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler, David Jackson and Sarah Pucill , alongside her own videos as part of the Family Ties Network

    July 2014

    'Family Ties: Re-Framing Memory', Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, London: Lead curator of group exhibition featuring member's Suze Adams, Nicky Bird, Jacqueline Butler, Rosy Martin, Lizzie Thynne and her own work as part of the Family Ties Network 

    3rd November 2012

    'Tracing Ancestral Homelands', Richmond American International University, London     

    Co-organiser of Family Ties Network film screening event  of 'Communion' (2012) by Suze Adams and 'On the Border' (2012) by Lizzie Thynne.

    8th & 9th March 2012

    'Family Ties: Recollection and Representation', Senate House, University of London

    Organiser of conference and film screening event in association with the Centre for  the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies. Keynote  speakers included Rosy Martin and Professor Marsha Meskimmon, Loughborough University. Film screening of '2001 - A Family Odyssey: Ophelia's Version' (2002) accompanied by film director, Sarah Miles in conversation with Dr. Lucy Reynolds

     

    Academic/Teaching Experience

    October 2013-Present

    Ravensbourne, London: Sessional Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Dissertation Supervisor

    Sept 2011-June 2012 

    Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London: Visiting Fellow

    Nov 2007-May 2008           

    University of Plymouth: Associate lecturer for BA Media Arts

    Sept 2005- Jan 2009           

    Plymouth College of Art: Lecturer in Film Arts (Part time 0.3)

    2001/2002                       

    Roger Asham Primary School, Walthamstow, London: Visiting Artist

    August 1996-1998           

    National Portrait Gallery, London: Assisted on summer photography workshops

     

    Artist Talks and Papers Presented

    9th September 2016: ‘Interpreting The Waste Land: Literary Fragmentations and the Disembodied Self’,  (Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self conference, University of Hull

    27th January 2016: Artist Talk Plymouth College of Art 3rd Annual Visual Culture symposium, London

    5th December 2014: Artist talk, 'Family Matters', Family Ties Network seminar, Watershed, Bristol

    10th July 2014: 'Literary Revisions of the Family Album: Between Remembering and Forgetting’, Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory conference, Birkbeck, University of London

    28th June 2013: Artist Talk, Family Ties Network research seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University

    17th May 2013: 'Staging Sermon: Performing Literary Narratives', Photography and the Contemporary  Imaginary, UAL Research Forum, London College of Communication

    13th November 2012: Artist Talk, BA Media Practice, University of Sussex

    27th October 2012: In conversation with Professor Liz Wells, 'Waste Land' exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

    18th October 2012: Artist Talk, BA English Literature, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

    29th June 2012: 'Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation’, How History Enters Photography symposium, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany   

    18th June 2012: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, University of London

    11th May 2012: Artist Talk, BA Photography, Plymouth College of Art

    10th May 2012: 'Poetic Wanderings: Visual Interpretations of Home and Place', Home and Place: Nature and Landscape Study Day, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

    4th July 2011: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    9th June 2011: Artist Talk, MA Photography, University of West London

    16th February 2011:  ‘Literary Transformations: A Self-Representational Arts Practice’, Research Seminar, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick

    22nd June 2010:  Artist Talk, MA Photography, Thames Valley University

    29th April 2009: ‘Picturing the Self in Metaphorical Waste-Land-Scapes’, LAND/WATER research seminar, University of Plymouth

    5th July 2008: ‘Face-to-Face: The Photographic (Self) Portrait’ conference, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London

    8th May 2008: Artist Talk, MA Photography, Thames Valley University, London

    30th April 2008: Artist Talk, ‘The Waste Land: PhD Work-in-Progress’, Plymouth College of Art

    16th April 2008: ‘Manoeuvrability and A Game of Chess’, research seminar, School of Media and Photography, University of Plymouth

    16th February 2008: Artist Talk, ‘What Happens Next?’ exhibition, Pitzhanger Gallery and Manor, London

    18th December 2007: Artist Talk, ‘Still-Moving’ exhibition, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London

    22nd November 2007: Artist Talk, BA Photography, Plymouth College of Art

    14th May 2007: ‘Memento Mori: ‘PastPresent’ and ‘Fortune-telling/Re-telling’, research seminar, Plymouth College of Art

    2nd May 2007:  ‘Shadow Walks’: The Unreal City Experience’, research seminar, School of English, University of Plymouth

    30th April 2007: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    7th March 2007: ‘PhD Work in Progress’, research seminar, School of Media and Photography, University of Plymouth

    9th October 2006: ‘A Research Journey’, BA Photomedia, Plymouth College of Art

    12th June 2006: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    15th February 2006: ‘Interpreting T. S Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, research seminar, School of Media and Photography, University of Plymouth

    9th April 2005: Artist Talk, ‘Making our Mark’ exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

    1st December 2004: ‘Introduction to PhD project’, research seminar, School of Media and Photography, University of Plymouth

    1st March 2004: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    28th April 2003: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    21st February 2003: Artist Talk, ‘Cross Currents’ exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

    24th June 2002: Artist Talk, MA Image & Communication, Goldsmiths College, London

    10th March 2002: Artist Talk, Five Princelet Street Gallery, Spitalfields Women’s Literature Festival

     

    Awards

    2004-2010: Research fee remission scholarship, University of Plymouth

     

    Membership

    Since 2012: Family Ties Network Arts Research Group

    Since 2008: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Since 1996 :  Millennium Images Ltd (www.milim.com)

    1996-2006: Iris: The International Centre for Women in Photography (www.irisphoto.org)