A film by Jyll Bradley in collaboration with artist David Ward.
Music composed by Anna Clyne
Directed by Jyll Bradley
Performance, text and voice by David Ward
Filmed and Edited by Clare Unsworth
Commissioned and Performed by Orchestra of St Lukes, New York, U.S.A
Produced by Orchestra of St Luke’s and Jyll Bradley
Woman Holding a Balance is a filmic portrait of artist David Ward framed by my sculpture Dutch/Light at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK. Filmed over the course of one sun-filled day the work is a meditation on time, light and inter-generational influencebetween artists. In the film, David enacts a performance work inspired by his interest in the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and the enigmatic figures in his paintings. Through his poetic text David reflects upon his work, mine and Vermeer’s.
Anna Clyne’s music for Woman Holding a Balance is composed for a string quartet and is a minimal accompaniment to the unfolding imagery. The piece reflects the meditative nature of the film and the cyclical passing of light through the sculpture. Shifting harmonic colours undulate in strange loops until they reach a melodic section, before returning to the stillness of the opening music.