From the film-maker:
The first thing I thought of when contemplating the painting of ‘Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ by Carlo Crivelli was how it reminded me of the idea behind Magritte’s ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (this is not a pipe). Crivelli painted a life-size fly next to a 30 cm tall saint, and it seems that both artists were playing with the theme of representation versus reality. That is where I got my title, ‘Ceci n’est pas une mouche’ (this is not a fly), which makes a reference to Magritte and to how images can be deceiving, and at the same time captures the playful tone of the story.
I developed a story about a guy in an art gallery, a painted fly that seems to be playing mind games on him, and an angry CCTV camera that will not let him get close enough to find out what is going on.
A piece inspired by Carlo Crivelli, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, probably about 1491-4