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), 'Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts', Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany (2013) and Berlin Experimental Film Festival, Moviemento Kino (2016). 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 co-curated several film programmes including 'Tracing Ancestral Homelands' at Richmond American International University, London (2012), 'Family Ties: Re-Framing Memory' at Birkbeck cinema, London (2014), 'I'll Tell You My life: Remembering' at ViSiONA festival in Huesca, Spain (2016) and 'Filming the Personal' at Close-up, London and CCA, Glasgow (2016-2017). She was a visiting fellow at the University of London (2011-2012), where she organised the 'Family Ties: Recollection and Representation' conference, and is a founder member of the Family Ties Network research group. She has lectured at Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth and is currently a sessional lecturer at Ravensbourne, London.
CV & 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
Translucence, the [...] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea
Waste Land, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Waste Land, Scott Building, University of Plymouth
Waste Land: Game, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
Still-Moving, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London
Making Our Mark, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)
Making our Mark, Scott Gallery, University of Plymouth
Hidden Within, Five Princelet Street Gallery, London
Forest Fears, The Spitz Gallery, London
The Other Side of a Mirror, Kingsgate Gallery, London
Through the Banisters, Mary Ward Centre Cafe Gallery, London
The Waves, Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight
So Cheerio For Now, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London (Joint show with Jacqueline Butler)
A Journey with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary, Margate
A Journey with The Waste Land, Leeds Art Gallery
A Journey with The Waste Land, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Filming the Personal, CCA, Glasgow: Screening of 'So Cheerio for Now'
Let's Talk About Vivienne, Old Kent Market, Margate, Part of POW, Thanet and Turner Contemporary ‘Walking The Waste Land’ Research Group walk: Screening of 'In the Cage'
Berlin Experimental Film Festival, Moviemento Kino, Berlin: Screening of 'Against'
Crossing the Screen, International Film Festival, Eastbourne: Screening of 'So Cheerio for Now'
Embodied Methodologies, 4th Annual practice-based research conference, Royal Holloway, University of London: Screening of 'Against'
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'
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'
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'
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Escapes, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
Journey, Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales
Regard, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
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
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
Forest, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Trace Editions, Hirschl Contemporary Art, London
Haunt, Sherborne House, Dorset
Earthbound, Arches, Resolution way, Deptford X, London
Cross Currents, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)
Shifting Horizons, Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Shifting Horizons, School of Art, Burslem, Stoke on Trent
Shifting Horizons, Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham
To the Lighthouse, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Michael West Gallery)
Garden Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Rope Store Gallery)
Similar Differences, Ostholstein Museum, Eutin, Germany
Similar Differences, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Rethink Your Mind, UK: Judge for mental health arts competition, organised by AdvanceUK, SISO and HowRU?
Art & Adventure, London: Created experimental video for live multimedia adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. Producer Roger Elsgood, Director William Richards
Polaris Productions Ltd, London: Stills photographer on film set of Gas, directed by Sylvie Bolioli
Trace Gallery, Weymouth (www.traceisnotaplace.com): Journey Home Limited edition artist book (35 in edition)
Millennium Images Ltd: Photographs used for book covers and editorial projects
Clients include: New Scientist, Faber & Faber, Random House, Routledge & Virago
The Garden Gallery Project, ‘Cassies’, Billingham, Isle of Wight: Photographs made in response to private garden exhibition (July 1997)
Bateau Ivre Theatre Company, London: Director of Photography: Provided visuals for set design and promotion
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.
'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.
'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)
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
Nov 2012-May 2013 Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A): Wimbledon College of Art, London
Filming the Personal, CCA, Glasgow: 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.
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.
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
'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
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)
Roger Asham Primary School, Walthamstow, London: Visiting Artist
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
2004-2010: Research fee remission scholarship, University of Plymouth
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)