From the Film Maker
I was attracted to Murillo’s painting primarily by its flaws: the poor handling of perspective and the rough brush marks, imperfections which revealed the human qualities of the artist. This stands in strong contrast to most recent computer-generated features which emphasise production value over artistic value, and are devoid of the human touch which is ever present in a painting. I wanted to make sure that my hand would leave its mark across my work through quirks and mistakes left in. Murillo seems to have a vested emotional interest in the subject, as shown by the boy’s effeminate and revealing pose. I felt there was a lie being told about the boy’s true predicament as a street urchin, and how he is depicted akin to the Puer Aeternus, or eternal boy. I wanted to work with the awkward untruths and assumptions we make about family life.
A piece inspired by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, A Peasant Boy leaning on a Sill, 1670-80