Sally Waterman

'Journey Home' (2002-2003)

Photographic installation: Six train journeys comprising of fifteen (6x4”) black & white photographs (90 in total) and two text panels (6x4”) per journey (12 in total) each mounted onto 6mm MDF (Total wall space: 15ft)

Artist bookwork: 35 in edition, commissioned by Trace Gallery, Weymouth, UK (2003) Each of the six books or ‘journeys’ (1220mm long/39mm wide) are kept in miniature matchbox style black boxes (77x42x12mm deep), within a larger box (134x80x28mm deep). 130gsm matt paper, digital printing

The bookwork is available for sale. Please contact the artist directly for further information.

‘Journey Home’ is a visual diary of a series of ritualistic journeys made over a five month period between London Waterloo station and Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight, commissioned for the ‘Cross Currents’ exhibition at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight. Drawing upon Waterman’s experience of living in both urban and rural environments, the tension between these two cross cultures is explored and represented by the transitional time and space of her monthly journey home to visit her family.

Whilst the destinations and paths of each journey are similar, each one is a unique, individual experience. Although a sense of routine is omnipresent - with recurring images linking all the journeys together - different exterior elements are constantly changing; the weather, the people around her, her mood, the things she notices out of the carriage window, the book she is reading and the clothes she is wearing. As time passes and the seasons change, the passing scenery beyond the window seems to disappear as autumn approaches. When this occurs the images begin to focus more upon the interior of the train carriage itself, her fellow passengers, the ghostly reflections in the window and the fleeting illuminated station platforms.

As a collection of images, each ‘train’ follows a time line, staggered on the wall to illustrate the varying departure and arrival times on an apprehensive journey that is subconsciously subject to delay or diversion. This ritualistic journey effectively communicates the feelings evoked by this activity, such as anxiety, expectation, boredom and frustration, revealing that she is unable to fully relax until she is on board the catamaran and is able to glimpse the reassuring view of the Solent. 

Collections (Bookwork)

John M. Flaxman Library, The School of Art Institute of Chicago; Goldsmiths College, University of London; King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvar, Hungary; Manchester Metropolitan University; National Art Library, V&A, London; Penrose Library, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK; University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK; University of Denver; Tate Library, London; University of Glasgow; University of Northampton; University of Plymouth; Yale Center for British Art, New York; Various private collections.

Exhibition History
Cross Currents, Michael West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Installation)
Trace Editions, Hirschl Contemporary Art, London (Bookwork)
4th International Artist’s Book exhibition , King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvar, Hungary
Journey , Swansea Institute, Wales (Bookwork)
What Happens Next?, Pitzhanger Gallery and Manor, London (Installation)
Place, Identity and Memory, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland (Bookwork)
Place, Identity and Memory, Stranraer Museum, Dumfries, Scotland (Bookwork)
Place, Identity and Memory, Reading Lasses Bookshop, Wigtown book Festival, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland (Bookwork)
Photo Book Works, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA (Bookwork)
Photo Book Works, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA (Bookwork)
Crop, Avenue Gallery, School of the Arts, University of Northampton (Bookwork)
Off the Shelf: the Self and Subjectivity in the Artist’s Book, Stockwell Studios
, London (Bookwork)
Art in a Box, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire (Bookwork)
Out of the Box, FAB, Fringe Arts Bath (Bookwork)
Waves, Journey, Voyage, Special Collections and Archives, Goldsmiths, University of London (Bookwork)
Wellow, Clayden Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight (Bookwork)