Film and Video
by Bill Brand and Katy Martin
2005, 16mm film, 5 minutes
— Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York
SWAN'S ISLAND focuses on gesture in painting, and how that relates to the hand-held camera. The emphasis is on the physicality of painting, and its visceral connection to memory and imagination. Here, the movement of the artist's hand is expanded to include the entire body.
The film is about gesture as a kind of performance. Katy paints directly on her skin, and as she moves, leaves marks on the floor. Bill films the body and its trace, linking his own movement with cinematic space.
SWAN'S ISLAND explores the act of seeing as inextricable with that of being seen.