With Transforming Landscape Drawing, the Carters have used computer generated imagery to bring to life Jacob van Ruisdael’s delicate drawing, Windmills near a Body of Water. Through the refined introduction of new elements, the 2·5-hour looped film is a continuation of Ruisdael’s poetic landscape, which takes the scene from dawn to dusk. Only perceptible upon sustained looking, the landscape displays subtle shifts in light and tone as clouds build, water ripples and the windmills turn in the breeze.
In Transforming Portrait Painting they have captured the act of sitting for a portrait in a living, breathing painting. A model is filmed, posing for her portrait dressed in authentic costume to match Mierevelt’s original masterpiece, Portrait of Catherine Camerlin. Sitting incredibly still, over the 20-minute looped film, the only evidence that this is a moving painting is the model’s blink, which catches the viewer off guard.
For Transforming Five Tulips in a Wan-Li Vase, five varieties of tulips were filmed continuously over a period of ten days as they decayed naturally, with the composition based on a work by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. In post-production any periods of inactivity were speeded up and any real-time movements, such as a tulip dropping, were kept in real time. These huge data files of footage captured over the course of ten days were condensed into the 32-minute finished piece. As the tulips decay they gradually lose their lustre, the stems fall and the petals’ colour fades.