Arnoud Noordegraaf

visual artist


Artist website

Synopsis Ophelia is an intimate portrait of a woman slowly sinking away in a deep post-late-Romantic fantasy she cannot seem to control: becoming ‘Ophelia’, the famous Shakespearean character who drowns herself out of grief for her beloved Hamlet—but also because she went mad not being able to make any choices for herself. Laying in bed, sleepless, staring at the ceiling, but also at work in a primary school as an art teacher, this woman’s mind is autonomously sinking away into the painting. She is working on a large reproduction of it in class, until something snaps and she decides to create a real life version by going to the garden centre and actually buying all the trees, plants and flowers in the painting and arranging them in her living room. As her mind is sinking away into the painting, the story becomes her, and takes her mind into a forest, a primeval forest, with countless threads of stories, memories, branching into one another, all the things we all try to use to piece our own story together. In an endless loop of time, this Ophelia is neither lost nor home, she is always drifting from one to the other.

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Siming South Road 400, 3rd Floor
Xiamen, 361005, China
Tel. 0086 (0) 592 2180850

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