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My own Ophelia

Mary Zavou


‘My Own Ophelia’, is a series of self-portrait images created from video stills shot underwater.  My work is based on the tragic heroine Ophelia, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who embodies the cultural archetype of the damsel in distress and questions these archetypes throughout art history.  I have used empathy as a narrative tool, in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of her story, in both her life and death. 

Mary Zavou, 2019 



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