Ophélie: un état d’âme

Ophélie: un état d'âme

Inspired by Sir John Everett Millais’ painting, Ophelia, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I spent several years documenting staged scenes in and under water (both in photography and video), but only a fraction of the material was ever used – for a short video entitled, Hush, and a series of digital collages, including Incommunicado.

The photos depicted here are from a shoot in 2009 that took place in Quebec, where I spent a weekend with a group of artist friends from Montreal and Paris. Alex (above) was making a short film, in which we all took part, either as actors or grips, and I was working on my Ophelia Project, for which my friends spent hours floating in a chilly stream.

Somehow along the way my project stalled, and the photos remained buried in my computer until now. I’ve begun the process of shortlisting and editing a selection in order to finally bring this work to light.

This post is in honour of Alex, who passed away earlier this year. He would have wanted me to finish what I started. This is the beginning.

About Michelle LaRiviere

Michelle is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and Reiki Master currently based in Windsor, Ontario. She has exhibited internationally, and her practice includes traditional as well as digital media. Michelle also taught visual arts to secondary school students for ten years. Currently she has gone back to her foundational roots, and is exploring figurative drawing in graphite on paper.
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7 Responses to Ophélie: un état d’âme

  1. Amazing. Thank you for unburying these photos and sharing them with us.

  2. André Perrier says:

    Vraiment très beau. Laissez-mois savoir la suite de vos projets. Je monte l’année prochaine une version de Hamlet de Koltès et tout ce qui s’en rapproche m’intéresse grandement. Bise!

    • Merci André! Où sera la pièce? Au Canada, ou en Europe? Il y a quelque chose à propos de cette histoire qui continu à capturer l’imagination… pour moi elle possède une profondeur complexe. En plus, ce n’était pas le plan du tout d’avoir un homme inclus dans l’interprétation d’Ophélie, mais les circonstances ont fortement provoqué une réévaluation de métaphores possibles. J’aimerais savoir la direction de ta pièce… traditionnelle ou contemporaine?

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