Ophelia or The unsuccessful Memento Mori Project
Ophelia as a symbol of longing, unreturned love in the happiness of submission. The child bride and virgin as Madonna or angel-like figure, pale and graceful as Memento mori symbol. Roses, ivy, chrysanthemums, calla, water lilies, lotus symbolise the false happiness of unrequited love and the idealisation of death.
Flower symbolism of death 19th century
Rose: Love, beauty and transience, white for innocence and pink for beauty.
Ivy: immortality, life and death
Chrysanthemum: remembrance of the dead, fate, memory
Calla: resurrection, surrender; immortality
Lily: purity, love and transience, eternal light
Portrait of Marisa Emadi
Dimensions in cm: 55 width x 54 height x 19 depth
Material: Terracotta, concrete base, oil paint, silk flowers