Artist Statement: Polyphonic Practice

I am a visual artist, singer-composer and performance maker, working in Bristol UK.

My work spans the mediums of performance, voice, drawing, music composition, sound art, video and artistic direction.

Current ongoing project: Site Singing - a pilot project to create voice-based sound works for English Heritage sites.

See the latest from #SiteSinging on twitter

  • 2014 - SHOWREEL (10 min)

A selection of clips from 2011 onward, leading to a focus on Luminaire, a process-based piece inspired by the reverse engineering in 2006 of the earliest known vocal recording, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s phonautogram of the folk lullaby Au Clare De La Lune (1860).
Luminaire, was performed in three versions, with varying degrees of pre-recording, liveness, and overlaying, over the course of a week in and around the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton for Unframed, the University of Brighton MA degree show 2013.

Ellen Southern showreel from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


  • 8 - 14th March WATERWEEEK 2015

I am currently working on a new vocal sound piece and live performance for Waterweek, Sussex. For more information and latest updates see facebook and twitter.

Above: image created from photograph of the steam rolling over the thermal waters at Bath Spa

Sulis (Mouth)
is a vocal sound work and performance, created specially for Waterweek. I recently swam 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 amongst the mist and trees. I said her name into the water whilst submerged, and notices I could make some evocative sounds, which inspired the making of this piece.

Hear Watervoices, my work for Waterweek 2014

Watch a video of the live performance of
Watervoices at Waterweek 2014:

Watervoices from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.