The Valley of the Lakes No. 1

This is a film I made back in November (see earlier blog posting) in response to a painting that I saw in The Sainsbury Centre Collection at UEA in Norwich.

It was called The Valley of the Lakes No. 1 by Charles Maussion. I was captivated by the scale and atmosphere of the painting. I call it a painting but it was made using pencil and rubbing it into the paper. The resulting image is a blurred landscape the scene never quite being defined.

A particluar text by William Jeffet in the catalogue of Maussions work, sold in the bookshop at SCVA resonated with some of the concerns I've been grappling with in my film work;

... Maussion sought to expand these works beyond the intimate scale of drawing into the more public scale of painting. In doing this he pursued both a radical dematerialisaton of conventional representation and the dissolution of form in an almost abstract representation of something approaching the eighteenth-century idea of the sublime..'

To see the original painting you'll have to visit the Sainsbury Centre!

B&W Reversal Super 8 2.45


  1. hello,
    I'm looking for information about Charles Maussion, do you have something about him or, better, from him?
    Thank you very much.

  2. Hi Xavier

    I have book about his work that is in the permanent collection at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich. Check out their website, it was £5.00. You may be able to buy it online.