Eighteen Minute Film
This was my first venture into using my paintings within a film format.
The first part, Breaking Weather, was completed and four more images have also been added to make ‘one work’ entitled ‘The Journey’.
The DVDs accompany the limited editions as an extension of the art medium.
The inspiration for the making of this film came from a friend’s video recorder.
He was recording the occasion of the opening of my art exhibition and after a general inclusion of guests and the overall interior he focussed on one of my landscape paintings. He filmed to the point where the frame was obliterated and the sense was, he had entered the painting.
The sense of being within this painting was so intense I knew I had to explore the concept further.
On discussion with my composer partner Alan Cleobury-Jones, I asked if he could interpret the changing moods of the imagery.
The chosen painting had a great appeal for us both due to the wild variety of weather conditions, within a wild, Scottish west highland landscape.
I had to appeal to a sympathetic television company HCVF Inverness, to understand what I was wanting.
The company had never tackled anything of this nature before. An interesting voyage of discovery for us both!
I have had the absolute pleasure of working with highly talented people in artistic fields I knew absolutely nothing about.
Our thanks to Napier University for the use of their wonderful recording studio, and graduate Oliver Kass.
Art Film – The Journey DVD – Available from the Online Shop – £ 12.50
Through an inventive collaboration incorporating oil painting, music and digital techniques, Diana Mackie and Alan Cleobury-Jones have created a cinematic love letter to the dramatic coastal scenery, ever-shifting weather patterns and light conditions of the Scottish Highlands.
The Journey is composed of five main sections where a dynamic exchange between painter (Mackie) and musician (Cleobury-Jones) adds a profound dimension of time and space to the mood of land and seascape within each painting.
With the added fusion of digital aesthetics, there is a sense of movement and total immersion into the core of the paintings, where we come up close to their elements and get a rare experience of a particular aspect of their nature.
As a result, the viewer does not experience the work in isolation but as part of a narrative space that surrounds it.
The opening and closing sections of The Journey, with the gradual thickening and thinning of the harmonies reflect this sense of stepping forward into and backward out of the works and reflects the extraordinary, teeming interior life of the brush-strokes.
Jones’s richly structured musical score creates spatial and compositional ambiguities, visual beauty and emotional impact, while Mackie’s paintings are arranged in a manner that parallels his own innovations and aims to create a bridge between music and the visual arts.
Certainly, the kinship between these two artists is a special example of the intellectual affinity of artists in search of new vehicles for expressing their inner emotions.
(Film Critic – Amy Simmons)