A Body of Water is a short film about Artist Mina Beresford’s relationship with water. Beresford expresses her intimate resonance with water via a short form video production where she hand-crafts some beautiful ceramic vessels to carry the precious life form. She expresses amongst waves and water using dance.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

– Bruce Lee

Beresford says – “Water is life. This film touches upon our deep and intimate connection to water as human beings – the tides within us, and the way it so gracefully shows us how to flow with the waves of life. As a sculptor, I take ultimate inspiration from this most powerful element, the sculptor of the earth – honoured to sculpt my own pieces of earth into vessels to hold it.”

The film production was shot during one blustery sunrise in Botany Bay by shoot director Benny van Leeuwen. We chose this naturally raw and rustic location to fit with the ceramic works. We shot with an Ursa Mini Pro G2, Sigma Art lenses and mainly handheld against the harsh winds to add a natural quality to the handcraft. Additional sound design aims to further emphasise the relationship at hand.