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Sally Waterman

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Sally Waterman's interdisciplinary arts practice is concerned with the interpretation of literature into self-portraits. She creates poetic still and moving image works that explore issues of female subjectivity, memory and autobiography, drawing upon writers such as Henry James, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. Waterman re-invents the source material through a re-scripting exercise, seeking associations with certain images, themes, characters or conceptual ideas to create an elusive form of self-portraiture. Indeed, the chosen literary text functions as a mechanism for self-representation, enabling the recollection and self-examination 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. Her doctoral research at the University of Plymouth, used T.S Eliot's 1922 poem 'The Waste Land' as an explorative text to examine her self-representational strategies and interpretative methods, culminating in a collection of photographic and video installations. Through the transformative methods of constructed narratives, metaphorical landscapes and performative re-enactments, 'Waste Land' became an attempt to work through the marital breakdown and divorce of Waterman's parents and her subsequent estrangement from her father. Past 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) and 'What Happens Next?' Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London (2008). 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. read full statement

Location London
Activities Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Critical writing
Artforms Book Works, Film & Video, Photography, Research
Tags Video, Photography, Practice-based research, Literary adaptation, Memory, Family, Autobiography, Self-portraiture, Narrative, Trauma

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