Jun
28
2008
<em>Ophelia</em>
 

Claudia Hart
Ophelia, 2008
Single-channel animation (color, sound), 3D animation
10 min, loop

Ophelia is a 3D animation in which the body of a naked woman drifts at the bottom of the ocean. She is perhaps dead or perhaps sleeping, particularly evoked by the dream like atmosphere of the depicted underwater environment. Advanced techniques of science – of physics and of dynamic particle and optical simulation – have been used to produce this imagery, yet Ophelia is nevertheless a tragic and a romantically erotic figure. Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia has been written about by literary critics as a feminist figure embodying the Electra complex, a mad woman who drowned herself for love of a man who murdered her father.

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