“Like night dreams, stories often use symbolic language, therefore bypassing the ego and persona, and traveling straight to the spirit and soul who listen for the ancient and universal instructions embedded there. Because of this process, stories can teach, correct errors, lighten the heart and the darkness, provide psychic shelter, assist transformation and heal wounds.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What is Enough
Ophelia has always been a subject of strange fascination. She appears in only five of Hamlet's 20 scenes, and yet she is the most represented of Shakespeare’s heroines in painting, literature and popular culture. Over the past 400 years, she has moved from the margins to the centre of post-Shakespearean discourse, increasingly becoming a female counterpart to Hamlet as a portrait of conflict and stress, and in recent years, has become a strong feminist heroine, even surviving Hamlet in some fictional versions of the story, to lead a life of her own.
As an archetypal symbol, Ophelia is a wild bird, in love with love, a beautiful mythos of tragic innocence whose purity and light represents a thousand madnesses and deaths never taken that live within me still.
Hidden images are incorporated for the viewer to discover on her own
It is, in and of itself, a unique and one of a kind work of art which will delight and inspire you for years to come.