Ophelia installation

Dimensions 37 × 27 × 31 cm Year produced 2020 Medium/material plexiglass, optical fibers, water turbines, underlit image (LEDs), electronics, water, flowers Production self-produced Web Foto Tomáš Slavík Text DK


Marieta’s work disrupts the stereotypical and idealized image of a beautiful, perennially young woman known from the famous painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais. She places a photograph of a new heroine – an old homeless woman – into a black, rectangular aquarium. The work references the recent story of an ostracized woman whose body was washed up by a wastewater treatment plant. The photograph of the model is underlit and sends visual information to 40 000 vertically placed optical fibers – its structure is comparable the composition of a digital image from individual pixels.


Marieta Tedenacová (* 1997) graduated from the Glass Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague while simultaneously studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Her work melds various approaches to art and applied art with the potential of new technologies. The study of glassworking led Marieta to reflect on the essence of this material, which she found in optics and its interconnection with light. In her work she often employs the newest scientific methods, oftentimes those which had been neglected within the context of art. She attempts to create objects manifestly connected with the present, but which also reach out towards a wider context, thus connecting the past with the future.

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