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Ophelia

My original title for this piece was "pirouette", inspired by the whirling shape that is central to the image. After getting back the first proof print, it was clear that there was a woman's face, as if lying half-visible in swirling water.

I immediately connected this image to Ophelia from "Hamlet", who drowned from grief after the death of her father. She is a classic tragic figure in one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and the subject of many classical artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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