A painted story of suicide with messages left on a haunted answer phone. The image is created out of bacteria and based on the famous John Millais painting. (This is day 4)

In the Shakespeare play Hamlet, Ophelia drowns and is suspected of suicide. I wanted to paint an Ophelia who finds her true self while drowning in a place between life and death. 'I've always been fascinated by the idea of death and dying. Chromobacterium violaceum, a bacterium that inhibits the growth of other bacteria, was used like the black lines in a coloring book to shape the painting. Bacillus mycoides was used to depict Ophelia’s soul and breath in the animated painting.

Thanks to research and development support from The Wellcome Trust and Dr Simon Park who provided the beautiful bacterial colours for this work.

Please participate in the sound track which has four more phases to complete by leaving a voice tribute to Ophelia at +44 (0) 2071839366 (standard land line Uk rates in the UK)

List of poets and people that have been included in the project phases so far :

Robert Simpson: Beat and Abuse
Sandra Wheen: Damp Morning
Ralf: Rumi poetry reading
Julie Shackson: Ophelia Lies In Tragic Repose…
kim Morrissey: The person you are calling Knows You Are Waiting. and Just Dump Him
Margret Atkinson, I'm forever blowing bubbles(to be included)
Nicky Heinen, flute playing
Peter Murphy: Love Remains.
Bithi Das: This is Your Mother
Nicola Southin: As we Always Laughed
Annouchka Bayley: 'Saoshyant'
Richard Niman: Does She Have Cold Feet and Nude
Rashaan Tomlin-Mclean: I am calm and floating in the air: age 7
Bria Lawrence: Fire and Water woman: age 9
Good-bye Ophelia: Skye, age 11
Troi Leacock: Still like she's asleep: age 8
Georgia Harris: The bacteria lady looks like a mermaid: year 7
Ros Williams: Lady of Tragedy:
Jane Andrews: We,Wet,Wet:
Pauline Wood: You Are It For All Us Girls
Harry Leckstein (not used yet but will be a part of phase 2):
Jowie Head: music, (not used yet) Ophelia singing swinging
Thanks to Janett Plummer

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