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. ‘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.
Sally Waterman (UK)
Sally Waterman is an artist based in London. She received her MA from Goldsmiths, London in 1996 and a PhD in Media & Photography at the University of Plymouth in 2011. She has exhibited and screened her work extensively since 1996, including York Art Gallery; Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales; Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; CCA, Glasgow; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Family Film Project International Film Festival’, Portugal and Video Art Miden, Greece. Her work is held in various public collections including the National Art Library, V&A, London, The School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Yale Center for British Art, New York. She was a visiting fellow at the University of London (2011-2012), where she organised the ‘Family Ties: Recollection and Representation’ conference, and is a founder member of the research group, Family Ties Network. She is Senior Lecturer in Fashion Photography and Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK.