Cardiff and Miller respond to Antonello da Messina’s ‘Saint Jerome in his Study’ | Soundscapes

Cardiff and Miller respond to Antonello da Messina’s ‘Saint Jerome in his Study’ | Soundscapes

We took the Antonello piece and we actually built a model. From the clues that were in the painting, we built a three-dimensional space. When you try to do an architectural rendering of a flat two-dimensional picture, then you really do think about how the painter’s sitting there constructing it and how he’s making his artistic decisions. We called it ‘Conversation with Antonello’ because over the period of working with the painting and producing the model, we’ve looked at this painting so intensely, there’s no way we’d ever investigate a painting like this if we hadn’t tried to take apart the building. What attracted me to the painting was the architectural space and the idea of silence. What are the sounds that you would hear if you were in that space? You can see two nuns walking by the river, two people rowing in a boat. We sculpted all that and the hills in the background. There’s three dioramas that actually sit behind our model, so that when you get your head in the right space you can see this whole three-dimensional space. It ended up being the craziest project that we’ve probably ever done really, just taking the simplest idea in the world and making it as complicated as we possibly could. We aim to have fun and I think sometimes this fun that we have making the work and following our noses, and just wanting to make what we wanna see, other people get into that excitement. I think it’s definitely been a deep conversation with the painting and the painter, and George at one point said he felt like a forensic scientist investigating a crime scene. ‘How did they do this? Or, what’s this? Oh, look at that little clue’. The way the space is designed right now they’ll come in behind, so they’ll see a diorama first and they’ll probably be puzzled about…
what the heck is this? And then they’ll look in the side of the building and it’s a completely different perspective that they’ll see, so hopefully in some way they feel like they might have stepped into the painting.

3 Replies to “Cardiff and Miller respond to Antonello da Messina’s ‘Saint Jerome in his Study’ | Soundscapes”

  1. I'd like to congratulate the Canadian Artists, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller on their amazing approach to the great painting by Da Messina in your Collection. Thanks for sharing this Video.

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