Sally Waterman

Translucence , 2011-2012
February, 2011
Wisdom, 2013
Against, 2014

Translucence

The 'Translucence' series serves as a reflection on the fragility of life, investigating Waterman's experience of mourning and loss. The collection of moving image works, 'February', 'Against' and 'Wisdom', interpret three instrumental tracks from Donna McKevitt’s musical score, 'Translucence' (Warner Classics, 1998), based on Derek Jarman's writing.

‘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 passing 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. 

The accompanying series of twenty image/text photographs elaborate upon the theme, drawing upon Jarman's books, 'Chroma' (1994) and 'Smiling in Slow Motion' (2000), together with literary quotations sourced from works by Kate Chopin, Emily Dickinson, T.S Eliot, Sylvia Plath and Christina Rossetti.

Exhibition History
2012
Liquidity, Artist film programme curated by Kayla Parker, Water:Image conference, Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University (Screening of 'February')
2012
GHost IV: Presence and Absence: Haunted Landscapes, Artist film programme curated by Sarah Sparkes, St John on Bethnal Green, London (Screening of 'February')
2013
Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany ('February' shown as installation)
2013
Liminal, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts London (Translucence photographs shown)
2014
Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations, Family Ties Network Study Day, Creativity Zone, Sussex University (Screening of 'Wisdom')
2014
Turn the Page, Fusion Gallery, The Forum, Norwich (Screening of 'February')
2014
Bodies of Water, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (Screening of 'February')
2014
Family Ties: Re-Framing Memory, Artist film programme curated by the Family Ties Network, Birkbeck cinema, University of London (Screening of 'Against' and 'Wisdom')
2015
Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, Usurp Gallery, Harrow, London (Screening of 'Against')
2015
Translucence, The [...] Space, Mission Gallery, Swansea ('February', 'Wisdom' and 'Against' videos shown as looping showreel)
2015
Bodies of Water, Plymouth University (Screening of 'February')
2015
Bodies of Water, Cornwall Film Festival, Murdoch House, Redruth (Screening of 'February')
2016
Bodies of Water, Force 8, Methodist Chapel, Bridport, Dorset (Screening of 'February')
2016
Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, Experimental Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India (Screening of 'Against')
2016
I Will Tell You My life: Making Memory, ViSiONA festival, Auditorium of the Council of Huesca, Spain (Screening of 'Against' and ‘Wisdom’)
2016
Embodied Methodologies, 4th Annual practice-based research conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (Screening of 'Against')
2016
Berlin Experimental Film Festival , Moviemento Kino, Berlin (Screening of 'Against')