Ophelia (art) - digital painting of a doll by Barbara Agreste



oil on canvas
100 x 85  cm


Geremiah. This particular face belongs to my son Geremiah when he was a child. He is now grown into a beautiful adult, I thank the Gods for it, but what remains of his childhood, and the lovely appearance of his angelic face of innocence once he was tiny small (he was also very funny), is in two paintings I made of him: this one titled “Geremiah”, and another

one titled “Seby” viewable on the welcome page of this website, which was done in a different technique (acrylics on canvas).

I chose to paint this particular expression of concern on his face in this painting, because I wanted to represent fear, uncertainty, and I wanted to catch a moment in which the child, and everybody else around him, were sensing that something unknown, like a dreadful storm, or a sudden cosmic event likely to affect the earth, was about to happen. This painting is about our helplessness, our terror for possible hidden invasions, and our fear for the future: we can’t at all times predict what is going to happen to us, and often, when we feel weak and exhausted, we can be very pessimistic about our short term fate. A mother, at the time when her child is still very young can often feel very vulnerable, because the people around her won’t simply understand what it means to be a mother, how draining the job can be, how isolating, something that leaves you no time for anything else to do, a mother often quits her career and hobbies to become a full time carer.

But the child brings about a new perspective to the parent: the learning process the child undergoes at school is a stimulus for the carer to learn new things in order to be able to be there for him when he needs help. For example if the child begins to learn a music instrument, the parent can engage in such learning too, therefore expanding her knowledge, and growing as a better individual who is actually learning from the child. Just by helping my son with his everyday music studies, I learnt to read notation, and now I am happily playing an instrument myself. If I didn’t have a child, I would never have been introduced to music, and to the methods available out there to learn it, and I would never have the courage to undertake such an interesting journey with my guitar.

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Dolls - Ophelia (art, paintings) series by Barbara Agreste