OPHELIA JACARINI: ATELIER OPHELIA
Opening 1 – 8 February 2017, “Atelier Ophelia” showcases Ophelia’s painting process in a live manner with the public, illuminating the visceral, experimental energy of artistic creation.
The artist will enter and build her ‘pop-up’ studio in the front hall of LIGHTSTAGE with tens of meters of canvas, accompanied by her tools and her talismans of inspiration & artistic reference. In a week of free-form artistic progress including erasure and revision, Ophelia will work to realise her vision of a finished 15-metre-long canvas painting of liberated and faceless human bodies in movement.
The bright and lively colours – pinks, orange, cerulean blues – of Ophelia’s painting practice draw in the viewer yet emphasize the more somber artistic proposition underlying her artworks. Ophelia’s intention for ‘Atelier’ involves her exploring her ongoing fascination with the human condition, our bodies, what is visible versus less-seen, and the oft-intertwined states of beauty and suffering. A former ballet dancer who has studied kinesiology, movement, health from both scientific and artistic lenses, the French-born artist suggests that we may reframe our perception of beauty, of grace, when we detach our observation of a human body from societal ties or unwittingly strict perspectives. Freed of identity, time and space, the figurative forms represent a celebration of the dance of life without judgement.
The public is invited to participate in multiple ways. Whilst Ophelia is in-studio, visitors may enter to silently and respectfully observe the artist. Each evening for a 30-minute session, Ophelia will answer questions and invite open dialogue during an artist walkthrough (schedule to be updated online and at LIGHTSTAGE). The entire journey will also be shared on social media platforms.
STUDIO DATES 1 Feb – 8 Feb 2017
STUDIO HOURS ~ 8am – 8pm (at artist’s discretion! the studio is hers for this week!)
ARTIST TALKS casual Q+A sessions and artist walkthroughs daily for 30-minutes between 6pm – 8pm
OPENING NIGHT Wed 1 Feb | 6pm till artist says good night
CLOSING PARTY Wed 8 Feb | 6pm till artist says good night