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Arc of Ophelia

   by Nathan Christopher for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Ophelia

Inspiration Artist: Arthur Hughes, Shakespeare

After making a quick mock-up out of paper, which I used as pattern through the rest of construction, I built the stage out of the materials box. The characters' faces and hands were formed with sculpey over wire armatures. Their costumes molded from modeling clay, with hair made of untwisted rope. Trees and water, as well as additional gothic adornments, were carved from wood using a dremel tool. Flowers and grass are made of shredded paper and backdrops of canvas or canvas board. All components were painted with acrylic paints and fixed in place with Elmer’s glue.

In addition to my interest in visual arts, I also entertain myself doing theater. This project combined my love of Pre-Raphaelite painting with one of my favorite (as well as one of everybody' else's, I suppose) plays. My idea was to expand on Hughes' image by adding additional scenes from Hamlet that illustrated more of Ophelia's arc in the the story, and set it on a little stage, like a play.

In addition to my interest in visual arts, I also entertain myself doing theater. This project combined my love of Pre-Raphaelite painting with one of my favorite (as well as one of everybody' else's, I suppose) plays. My idea was to expand on Hughes' image by adding additional scenes from Hamlet that illustrated more of Ophelia's arc in the the story, and set it on a little stage, like a play.

 


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