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08 September - 11 October 2015

Sally Waterman: Translucence

The 'Translucence' video series reflects upon mortality, bereavement and remembrance through an interpretation of Donna McKevitt’s musical score (Warner Classics, 1998) and the writings of the filmmaker, Derek Jarman.

‘February’ (2011) traces the artist’s catamaran sea journey to the Isle of Wight to attend the funeral of a family friend, who suddenly passed away at the age of 44. The fleeting seascape becomes representative of her confrontation with loss, ending with the shadowy depths of the pier, which operates as a visual metaphor for the ceremony that lies ahead. 'Wisdom' (2013), is a stop-frame animation sequence that uses digital snapshots taken over a three-year period from Easter 2010 to Easter 2013. The work documents Waterman's familial relationships, together with the changing seasons, to create a sense of time passing, with rituals being re-enacted and return visits to the same locations, in particular, her Mother's home on the Isle of Wight. 'Against' (2014) plays with the perception of family memory through a series of repetitive gestures, performed by the artist in response to Mckevitt's score. The desire for attachment, coupled with an unsettling sense of separation is implied as Waterman attempts to embody the projected images she took of her grandmother, just before she died twenty years ago. 


About | Sally Waterman

Sally Waterman creates photographic and video works that explore autobiography, memory and place through literary adaptation. She received her PhD in Media & Photography at the University of Plymouth in 2011 and is currently a visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne, London. Recent group exhibitions and screenings include Camberwell Space, London (2013), Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany (2013), Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2014) and The Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, London (2014). Her work is held in various public collections including the National Art Library at the V&A, London, John M. Flaxman Library at The School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Yale Center for British Art, New York.

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