Sally Waterman

PastPresent, 2005
Urban Shadow Walks, 2006
Rural Shadow Walks , 2006
I Knew Nothing, 2006
Fortune-telling/Re-telling , 2007
In The Cage, 2007
Hushing the Room Enclosed, 2008
Sermon, 2008-2009
The Deep Sea Swell , 2009
Who is the Third Who Walks Always Beside You? , 2009
The Awful Daring of a Moment's Surrender , 2009
The Awful Daring of a Moment's Surrender , 2010 version

Waste Land

‘Waste Land’ is the culmination of a five-year project, which comprises twelve photographic and video installations derived from T. S Eliot’s 1922 poem. By utilising adaptation as autobiography, Waterman emotionally embodies the text, appropriating particular lines, concepts or images from ‘The Waste Land’ into her own fragmented narratives or adopting them as titles for the works themselves. Indeed, through the transformative methods of constructed narratives, metaphorical landscapes and performative re-enactments, the ‘Waste Land’ project became an attempt to work through the marital breakdown and divorce of Waterman’s parents and her subsequent estrangement from her father. Therefore, the five distinctive sections of Eliot’s poem represent different stages of the artist’s self-examination of this family trauma, obtained through the therapeutic visualisation of repressed memory.

Serving as a meditation on the past and on the importance of place, each of the works are filmed either on the artist’s childhood home of the Isle of Wight, her current residence in London, or symbolic sites of her imagination. Waterman adopts elusive modes of self-representation in order to situate herself apart from the audience, appearing as an anonymous figure or a ghostly trace. This multiple, shifting female subjectivity is reinforced through subversive, stylistic techniques of superimposition, speed adjustment and repetition that acknowledges the poem’s modernist context and bricolage structure.

Exhibition History
2006
Put Away Those Childish Things, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art (PastPresent shown)
2006
Uncurated, Made in Deptford Festival, Faircharm Studios, London (PastPresent shown)
2007
Regard, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art (Fortune-telling/Re-telling shown)
2007
Still-Moving (Solo), Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London (In the Cage shown with The Turn of the Screw)
2008
Waste Land: Game (Solo), Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art (In the Cage and Hushing the Room Enclosed shown)
2008
Immersion, Scott Building, University of Plymouth, in association with the 'Landscape and Beauty' LAND/WATER symposium (Rural Shadow Walks shown)
2008
The Art of Research: Research Narratives, Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (Hushing the Room Enclosed shown)
2009
Framing Time and Place: Repeats and Returns in Photography, Scott Building, University of Plymouth (PastPresent shown)
2010
Waste Land (Solo), Scott Building, University of Plymouth
2011
Last Friday Shorts, CoExist Gallery, Southend-on-sea (Screening of The Deep Sea Swell and The Awful Daring of a Moment’s Surrender)
2011
Who is the Third Who Walks Always Beside You?, Micro Gallery, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor
2012
Waste Land (Solo), Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 
2012
Art in Romney Marsh, St Peter & St Paul church, Newchurch, Kent (The Awful Daring of a Moment’s Surrender, 2010 shown)
2012
Standpoint: Diamonds in the Rough, West Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight (PastPresent and Urban Shadow Walks shown)
2014
Image-Movement-Story conference, Roehampton University, London (Screening of In the Cage)
2014
Sweet Thames Run Softly, The Duke's Head, Putney, London (Screening of Urban Shadow Walks and Rural Shadow Walks)
2014
Family Ties: Re-Framing Memory, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London (The Deep Sea Swell shown)
2016
Filming the Personal, Close-Up cinema, Shoreditch, London (Screening of The Deep Sea Swell) 
2017
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)
2017
A Walk with The Waste Land, Dreamland, Margate Bookie festival (Screening of Fortune-telling/Re-telling)
2017
Family Reunion, Pi Artworks, London (Fortune-telling/Re-telling to be shown)
2018
A Journey with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary, Margate (Fortune-telling/Re-telling to be shown)
2018
A Journey with The Waste Land, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (Fortune-telling/Re-telling to be shown)