Alastair Kwan

artist and filmaker

Ophelia 2022
Handmade Wardian Case, boat fenders, enamel paint, artificial grass, foam
Dimesions of base 80 x 60 cm

Installed at Robinson College, Cambridge, June 2022

Ophelia is a floating sculpture that takes its name after Millais’s painting, depicting the death of Ophelia in a stream in Hamlet. The case is a handmade replica of a Wardian Case, a technology used to ship plants across the globe during the 19th and early 20th century. The boat fenders, are handpainted with floral motifs taken from Ming vases, which have been studied and cofidified using a grid formation. The case sits upon a raft made from artificial grass and foam lashed together.

© Alastair Kwan 2022