Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp and Thomas Meeker
Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas
Earth Day, Kasia Kay Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL, April 23–26, 2008
Ophelia (2008) is both a PHSCologram in which the body of a naked woman drifts at the bottom of a sea littered with refuse and drifting fragments of plastic bags. Although visually this plastic waste is seductive, softly reflecting light, these are nevertheless Pelagic plastics, non-biodegradable, now littering our oceans to a life-threatening degree. Ophelia is therefore an ode to loss, not just of youth and love as in Hamlet, but also to our own natural world and the possibility of living harmoniously within it.