Eloise Hawser: By the deep, by the mark

31 Jan 2018 – 22 Apr 2018

Event times

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00

Cost of entry


Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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Fathoming flow in the body, the sewer, the river and the city – a new work by Somerset House Studios artist Eloise Hawser.


Taking Somerset House’s close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as its starting point, By the deep, by the mark plunges us into the hidden networks of liquid flow within our bodies and below the city.

As London’s new ‘super sewer’ slowly takes vast form beneath the riverbed, connected like a prosthetic limb to Joseph Bazalgette’s 19th century sewage system, Hawser collects a miscellany of medical imaging devices, engineering diagrams and other representations and tools of calibration and prediction, drawing parallels between extraordinary feats of civil engineering and the intricate inner workings of the human body.

Pointing to our fear of pollution and disease and the lengths we go to protect ourselves, Hawser seeks to reveal emotional resonances within the, often overlooked, infrastructures that underpin modern life.

Part of the Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room Series

Exhibiting artists

Eloise Hawser


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