Thursday, November 17, 2011

Act 2 Erik Multimedia

Wax, printed paper, styrafoam on white paper


Newspaper, ink, matches, and wax on white paper

Two Interpretations: Is Hamlet Growing Mad?

"Am I a coward?
Who calls me villain? breaks my pate across?
Plucks off my beard and blows it in my face?
Tweaks me by the nose? gives me the lie i’ the throat
As deep as to the lungs? who does me this, ha?
’Swounds, I should take it: for it cannot be
But I am pigeon-liver’d, and lack gall
To make oppression bitter; or ere this
I should have fatted all the region kites
With this slave’s offal: bloody, bawdy villain!
Remorseless, treacherous,"

end of Act II

In these two pieces I tried to combine many common media in a sculpture-like way, very abstract, to try to represent that Hamlet is growing insane because of his plot. The paintings are like a glimpse into his mind... that was what I tried to achieve.

What I felt was that Hamlet slowly starts to disintegrate. While making these pieces of art, the same theme was relevant in the materials I chose to use: Candles were melted, paper torn, whole Styrofoam undone, and the combination of these created a mesh of confused layers, edges, color, etc. I even blew up a pen to get the ink. This is what I feel is happening to Hamlet. All his whole mental parts are being undone, mixed, and confused.


  1. I really like how you interpreted Hamlet's madness with not only the product of the art, but also the process (materials used, etc). This would be a super cool art production for a lesson on madness... :)

  2. Hmmm... that is a great idea, I think that I will incorporate that idea in the lesson plan I make on madness, and it will be fun to see how you will respond to it! It is cool to learn on multiple levels/interpret the process as well as the product, THANKS!