Rein­ter­pret a clas­sic paint­ing

Kata­rina Sokolova mod­i­fies the com­po­si­tion from a cel­e­brated Pre-Raphaelite work and brings the tragic char­ac­ter of Ophelia to life

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Ophelia is reimag­ined in Kata­rina Sokolova’s art.

An artist’s life is one of con­stant chal­lenges, and the big­gest of them all is in­spi­ra­tion. Or rather, where to find it? Of course, there are plenty of sources that you can re­fer to, but for me the best an­swer is sim­ply to look through the his­tory of art. I’m al­ways say­ing, “You don’t need to in­vent any­thing – ev­ery­thing has al­ready been thought of!”

Over the years count­less artists have cre­ated their master­pieces, shar­ing part of their souls with the viewer in the process. So if I feel the need for new ideas, I go to a mu­seum and look at my favourite paint­ings. They’re full of in­spi­ra­tion, sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ence that you can use in your own art. I’m a fan of fairy tales and leg­ends, so for this work­shop I’ve taken in­spi­ra­tion from one of the most in­cred­i­ble and ro­man­tic times of art his­tory: the PreRaphaelite Brother­hood. This was an English group of painters and writ­ers whose driv­ing force was their spir­i­tual re­la­tion­ship with the Floren­tine artists of the early Re­nais­sance pe­riod. They used vivid colours and tried to cre­ate not just straight­for­ward por­traits or land­scapes, but show the mood of the char­ac­ters, bring them to life and make them speak to the viewer through their paint­ings.

I’m fo­cus­ing on the most sig­nif­i­cant paint­ing of the Pre-Raphaelite pe­riod: Ophelia by John Everett Mil­lais. This fa­mous Shake­spearean char­ac­ter is a sym­bol of un­happy love, and the sub­ject of count­less songs, po­ems and paint­ings.

This work­shop will re­veal how I cre­ate my own ver­sion of Ophelia, vi­su­alise my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of her un­happy story and give her a new life in the 21st century. I’ll use all my artis­tic skills to present a vi­sion of beauty that will touch a hu­man soul, and tell the tragic tale of Ophelia’s life and her im­mor­tal char­ac­ter, which will never stop in­spir­ing artists around the world.

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