Sally Waterman

'Wellow' project (2019-2020)


I'm currently working on my ‘Wellow’ project. My Grandfather attended his local baptist chapel on the Isle of Wight every Sunday after his Mother died but it’s been closed since September 2017 and is currently in disrepair and awaiting its fate from a revised planning application. My Mother still has her plot saved next to her parent's but the future of the site is still uncertain.

The project will comprise of both photographs, experimental video and a bookwork, 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.

Berlin Short Film Festival (1st-5th July 2020)


'Syncopation' has been selected for the year's festival, alongside 20 other short films and documentaries. Due to the Covid-19 situation, this festival will now be held online, rather than being screened at the Babylon Cinema in Berlin. Each curated festival block will be available to view from July 1st to July 5th only. Tickets are available through Eventive for 8 euros each.

This video 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.


MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (15th February- 13th September 2020)


'Syncopation' (2017) and 'Between Us' (2018) from the 'Twenty' project were included as looping video installations in 'MK Calling'. This group show, curated by Anthony Spira and Fay Blanchard featured over 130 artists across five gallery spaces, in the newly extended building that reopened in March 2019. The ‘Twenty’ project (2017-18) serves as a reflection upon the artist’s long term relationship with her partner in the light of his treatment for heart failure.

The gallery closed on 17th March in response to the Covid-19 crisis, after a month of opening. The directors have now cancelled the summer exhibition, so once the gallery re-opens, the show will be extended until 13th September which is great news.

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


Parthian Books have launched ‘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.

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
8th-17th November 2019
16th October 2019
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