by ellen southern

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I was commissioned for a second year to make a piece for Waterweek, being held at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex. This is an event created by artists Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still, which brings together artists, performers, academics, authors, environmentalists, poets and activists for a week long programme on the theme of water. For more information see the event’s facebook and twitter feeds below.

Sulis is a vocal sound work created specially for Waterweek. I had recently swum in the thermal waters in Bath Spa for the first time. In the pre-Roman era, people travelled from far to consult Sulis, the goddess of the sacred waters among the mist and trees. I said her name into the water whilst submerged, and noticed I could make some evocative sounds. I later collected water from the holy source, and used it to make this vocal sound piece, which I installed at Herstmonceaux overlooking the moat. After introducing the work to the Waterweek participants, I handed round some of the Spa water I had collected for them to drink.

See a video of Sulis installed at the castle:


released March 10, 2015



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