Beach Study

Beach Study

  • Artist

    Sriwhana Spong

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    16mm film transferred to video, single channel, standard definition (SD), colour, silent

  • Size

    7min 33sec

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    23 May 2012

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Chartwell Notes


    Inspired by the 1934 novella Duo by the French writer Colette, Spong’s film Beach Study (2012) explores ideas of disappearance and the ephemeral, both physically and psychologically. In the film, a female body conducts abstract dance movements on a beach, responding to the environment that surrounds her. This particular beach was one the artist loved as a child, but today it is hardly accessible because it is in the hands of a private landowner.


    Shot on 16- millimeter film through coloured filters, the film has intense flashes of magenta, violet, and amber, and other flickering “light leak” effects. The female body appears and disappears intermittently, creating a surreal and mysterious presence. The overall effect suggests a precarious relationship between memory and experience, transience and monumentality.

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