Sally Waterman

'Wellow' project (2019-2020)


I'm starting to work on my next project, entitled ‘Wellow’. My Grandfather attended his local baptist chapel on the Isle of Wight every Sunday after his Mother died but it’s now closed and a recent planning application to build three houses on site and partially onto the graveyard has thankfully been rejected. My Mother still has her plot saved next to her parent's but the future of the site is still uncertain.

I aim to examine this through my mother’s own mortality as she waits for a hip operation as well as the quickening pace of time as I get older. The project will comprise of both photographs and experimental video, drawing upon material objects, the family album, my Mother's recorded memories and my own vocal reflections to build a fragmented narrative that dwells on place, ancestry, ritual and religion.

'Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey' book (October 2019)


Parthian Books will launch ‘Home on the Move’, an anthology of poems that interrogates ideas of home, belonging and language through translation on 1st October 2019. The book is a culmination of the multilingual touring project 'Talking Transformations: Home on the Move' (2017-2019) and is edited by curators Manuela Perteghella and Ricarda Vidal.

This volume includes the various translations of the two poems by Deryn Rees-Jones and Rafal Gawin as they travelled between the UK, France and Spain and via Romania, Poland and the UK to signify the popular emigration and immigration routes, as well as poetry inspired by workshops and by the eight artist films commissioned for the project.

I produced ‘Syncopation’, informed by the poem 'Home: A Structure on Trial' by Gawin, which became an autobiographical film about my partner's experience of heart failure after he was discharged from hospital and was recovering at home. Postgraduate translation students from the University of Leicester wrote the poem, 'To you it looks like red brick walls' in response to my film, creating a new written interpretation with a revised vision of home.

The book launch will take place on 4th October 2019 at Ledbury Books and Maps, Ledbury, Herefordshire (7pm – 8pm) with readings and a discussion including Margaret Atkins, Jim Dening and Jacqui Rowe.

Family Film Project, Porto, Portugal (8th Edition)


'Syncopation' is one of eighteen short films and eight feature films that have been selected for this year's edition. It will be screened on 16th October at 5pm at Passos Manuel, Porto. The Family Film Project – International Film Festival of Archive, Memory and Ethnography aims to celebrate the "creative capturing of memory, the experimentalism of the image, the cinema of intimacy and the anthropological gaze."

This film was derived from 'Home: A Structure on Trial' by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of my partner’s recovery from heart failure, with the home representing a place of refuge, whilst also becoming claustrophobic. The flickering sunlight, reflected upon the floors and doors is indicative of his irregular heartbeat, with correlations drawn between the structural dwelling and its signs of human presence and absence.

Journal of Media Practice and Education article (Taylor & Francis, 2019)


I have had an article published in Vol.20, issue 2 of the Journal of Media Practice and Education, entitled 'The ‘Waste Land’ project: framing practice-based research through literary adaptation'.

This article examines how T. S Eliot’s poem, 'The Waste Land' (1922) was chosen as an explorative text to acquire an understanding of my interpretation methods for my practice-based PhD. I consider the way in which my early video experiments were informed by film adaptation theory and the contextual framework of European avant-garde films, testing out different modes of adaptation in order to reflect upon my process.

The article is available online through institutional log ins, such as OpenAthens or Shibboleth. Please get in touch if you would like to read it, as I have a limited number of free download links available.

Recent Exhibitions & Events
19th September 2019
7th & 12th September 2019
20th August 2019
CineAutopsia, 5th Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá , Screening of ’Syncopation’ (2017) in ‘Contemplation and Landscape’ programme held at Alianza Francesa Bogotá

22nd June 2019
23rd May 2019