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. Syncopation (2017) is based on the poem, Home: A Structure on Trial by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. It was originally commissioned for the Talking Transformations: Home on the Move project, curated by Dr. Manuela Perteghella and Dr. Ricarda Vidal, which sought to investigate what “home” means in the light of Brexit and EU migration. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of her partner’s recovery, with the home representing a place of refuge and safety, whilst also becoming claustrophobic - “Home is a cobweb”. The flickering sunlight, reflected upon the floors and doors is indicative of his irregular heartbeat – “a fabulous echo of nocturnal misfires” or a “collision of elements”. Correlations are drawn between the structural dwelling and its human presence and absence – “Home is a game of hide-and-seek” with “bodies that carry out the dodging”.
Sally Waterman’s video and photographic works explore memory, place and familial relationships through literary adaptation. She received her MA Image & Communication (Photography), Goldsmiths in 1996 and her practice-based PhD Media and Photography: Visualising the Waste Land: Discovering a Praxis of Adaptation from the University of Plymouth, in 2011. Group shows and screenings include Shifting Horizons, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and Midland Arts Centre, (2000-2001), Forest, Nottingham Castle Museum, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wolverhampton Gallery and York Art Gallery (2004-2005), What Happens Next? Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London (2008), Voyage, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany (2013), Berlin Experimental Film Festival (2016), Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York (2017), Journeys with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018) and CineAutopsia, Bogotá Experimental Film Festival (2019). She has co-curated several artist film programmes and published works. She is a sessional lecturer at Ravensbourne University, London and UCA, Rochester and is the founder of the research group, Family Ties Network.