Amy Granat b. 1976
Landscape Film (2009)
Duration: 9 min.

Amy Granat continues her interest in land art and nature as psychic space with “Landscape Film”, filmed at Cahokia Mounds, the site of a Native American city built between 700 and 1400 AD in what is now the state of Illinois. The ancient and sacred mounds, juxtaposed with modern day architecture, roads, flagpoles and walking paths, create a stirring portrait of man-made landscapes. Granat then took the film strip, shot in black-and-white, and hand painted the sections of it in monochrome washes of color, resulting in a film that combines film as a recorded image with a charged emotional space. While the camera frames, divides, crops and flattens, the color washes create fluid boundless movement. Alongside this film is a new sound piece, conceived in parallel with – but separate from – the film itself.