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In the nine years I have spent creating portraits using red wine, this is the first time I have dedicated specific bottles of wine for each portrait. I paired six beloved and/or bemoaned Shakespeare characters with red wine based on symbolic connectors: a phantom for Hamlet, a devil for Falstaff, magic for Puck. For Ophelia, not only did I use a very dark rosé to represent her fragility, but I added a splash of the wine I used for Hamlet to link the two.
In addition, I had the all-too-simple realization that acting is essentially one person posing as other people. So, I turned to my dear friend Alexander Sovronsky (actor, musician, and Shakespeare scholar) to choose six characters and to be the model for each one, to which he also suggested portraying them with archetypal symbols (Hamlet and poor Yorick’s skull, Falstaff guzzling booze).