Sally Waterman, Still from In the Cage (2007)
Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, Studio 1, The Printworks / Free
Saturday 3 February - Monday 7 May
Monday - Thursday 10am-2pm
Friday & Saturday 11.30am-3.30pm
Preview: 3rd February, 5-7pm
Watch Sally Waterman’s video projection ‘In the Cage’ (2007), which re-envisages T.S. Eliot’s original title for Part II of The Waste Land. This title was drawn from Henry James’ novella of the same name, and The Waste Land’s epigraph that describes the mythological figure Sibyl ‘hanging in a cage’. Parallels are made between the relationship depicted by James, Eliot’s troubled marriage and Waterman’s own experience of parental divorce. The visual metaphor of imprisonment evokes an inner psychological wasteland, where the non-communication between the poem’s speakers is interpreted as a series of gestures that are ‘acted out’ by Waterman herself, entrapped between two pillars within a sparse, stage-like space. The figure tries to negotiate her body within the recess at the centre of the frame. Her looped, recurring actions, set against a classical backdrop, reference the host of historical, mythological and contemporary female characters that occupy Eliot’s text, all bound up in repetitive cycles of mechanical tasks.
Also on display will be selected prints from Sally Waterman’s 'Sermon' (2008-2009).
SALLY WATERMAN, born 1974, lives in London. She holds a BA (Hons.) English with Design Arts, University of Plymouth (1995), and MA Image & Communication (Photography), Goldsmiths (1996). Waterman’s video and photographic works explore memory, place and familial relationships through literary adaptation. Her practice-based PhD, University of Plymouth (2004-2010), used The Waste Land to examine her interpretative methods. Past exhibitions and film festival screenings include Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales; Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; CCA, Glasgow; Aesthetica, York, and Moviemento, Berlin. She teaches at Ravensbourne, London and UCA, Rochester.
This is an independent event organised by members of the public in response to Turner Contemporary's invitation to create an event or activity inspired by The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot's legacy, and Turner Contemporary's exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land'.