Equally talented as she is beautiful, meet Ophelia Jacarini, our first artist and second installation of our ‘Art Series’ editorial photoshoot. From the moment we came across Ophelia’s art, we absolutely adored her work and vision behind her masterful creations.
Needless to say, we were VERY excited to shoot Ophelia and to see her dressed in A.C.F’s current collection, styled by myself (Hi, I’m Al – founder of A.C.F), and shot by our favourite photographer and friend, Visala Wong. We also interviewed Ophelia to find out a little more about this exciting young artist’s background, her journey and her bright future. Watch the interview here.
I wanted to do something a little different for this photoshoot (being in the presence of such a wonderful creator – I wanted to challenge myself and flex those creative muscles I haven’t used in a while). My vision and concept for the styling of the editorial was - above and beyond anything else - to create a beautiful photoshoot. This shoot would amalgamate Ophelia the person with her artwork, alongside the underlying themes carried in her works. Such as femininity, form, fluidity of movement and vibrant flowing lines.
The idea naturally progressed toward collage, as Ophelia utilises many different methods in her work from painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. Essentially, she would be the sculpture in the photoshoot. I styled her in 3 looks from the current A.C.F collection
that reflect her artwork through the colours and shapes. The first look was inspired by the “Premise Of Origin”
collection, the second by the “Subconscient”
collection and third by the “Organism”
PREMISE OF ORIGIN
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This series of works represent the origination of Ophelia’s enquiries into the seeds of humanity and visualization of birth and biological creation, the complex relationship between our active mind, our subconscious understanding and our physical bodies in movement, the daunting multiplicity of ways to express the life-force of an organism, using the language of human form and movement to challenge the influence of societal judgements on our perception. Moreover, Ophelia first journey to India was the inflection point of significant life changes, and a breakthrough for her artistic practice. She takes her colour palette directly from the Indian landscape for her acrylic paintings in Organism – her brushes drift organically to favour bright orange and clear pink hues, details in complimentary pastels, rendition after rendition of the human form in Chakra colours and a mirroring of the celebrations of light, coloured paint on skin, and the energy of life in dance. Shop Ophelia's look here.
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In the Subconscient series of works, Ophelia seeks to represent the subconscious mind in visual form, capturing in each piece an amorphous slice of a temporal living entity, with this palette of blue pigment affixed in fragile yet permanent blooms, thrown freehand on a white-glazed canvas. This series is defined by using pigments to represent that which is invisible, due to the fact that in their raw form and without any mixture, pigments are considered very delicate and quite hard to capture into any form. Emotions, memories, feelings, mental sickness and the subconsciousness as whole all inspired Ophelia to create this body of work. Shop Ophelia's look here.
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Organism is Ophelia Jacarini’s first complete body of work that deals with impact of society on each of us. In this series, she examined the idea of Judgement, pain, mental disorders, beauty and how they appear in the visible human body. What shape does the body make when suffering? Are skin disorders considered beautiful or ugly, and why? Why do we see the occasional disfiguration in some human bodies, and how do we perceive them? To whom beauty belongs? Can we change our perception of beauty over time? All of these questions manifested themselves as answers in the form of paintings seen in this body of work. Shop Ophelia's look here.