Half sick of shadows: the modern Lady of Shalott
Two artistic pieces, seemingly so distant in their subject matter and form, tied together by a single Arthurian inspiration: the black and white shoot A Figment of the Imagination by Olivia Hunter, and Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott.
Hunter’s lady may not be captive to four gray walls and four gray towers, nor does her untimely end come about in a dramatic vision of white robes, river boats and dirges; but even in modern daily life can one feel the isolation of being unable to interact with the living world. Represented through forlorn looks and isolated settings, none more literal than where a ‘DEAD END’ sign overlooks her shivering protagonist, Hunter’s take on a life of solitude may be far from Tennyson’s but that’s exactly what makes it such a clever re-interpretation.
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