Drowning Ophelia

Drowning Ophelia

January 17 - April 4, 2010

Guest Curated by Carla Garnet

Poor Ophelia
Divided from herself and her fair judgment, Without the which we are pictures,
or mere beasts
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark, Act IV Scene V, Line 48

DROWNING OPHELIA, on view from January 17 - April 4, 2010 at Gallery Stratford, delves into the timely and timeless allegory of Ophelia’s loss of judgment and her subsequent watery demise in an exhibition of new media, video, photography, painting, and sculptural works by Janet Bellotto, John Dickson, Janieta Eyre, Sue Lloyd, Paulette Phillips, Mélanie Rocan, and Sharon Switzer.

The group show poses several questions such as: How do artists tell stories in their work? How does contemporary art reflect and reveal narrative traditions? How does the art of today record and describe the world around us? And must ‘the real’ be fictionalized in order to be thought?

Read Guest Curator Carla Garnet's Essay here.

Images left to right, details of: Janet Bellotto, "Diluvian Lure", Lenticular Photograph, 2004; John Dickson,  "Franklin Expedition", Mixed Media, 1996-97; Janieta Eyre, "Rehearsal #23", Colour Photograph, 1995; Sue Lloyd, "Swimmers" from Trip series, Photo Mural on Plexiglass, 2002.