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Shakespeare: The Mirror up to Science

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An article just came out about these paintings in the
Interdisciplinary Literary Studies
journal published by Penn State University Press.

Hamlet, Art, and Apoptosis: The Shakespearean Artwork of Julie Newdoll
Marcia Eppich-Harris
Interdisciplinary Literary Studies
Vol. 17, No. 4 (2015), pp. 540-558

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Concept thoughts - VERY ROUGH first passes, a history in progress.

Mousetrap - The Test

Swear - the Message
Ophelia's Funeral - the downward spiral
The End - Coffins and Painting of final scene

The rest of the series.

All subjects for each series are scientifically related in addition to threads between the plays themselves.

I am going to select five plays and complete four paintings per play for a total of 20 works.  These will all be the same or similar size as my first completed, 32 x 38, although I am flexible as to the size in the planning stages. Each miniseries of five will follow a scientific concept from beginning to end.   The concepts of the four series will be different but related.  Currently I am working with:

Hamlet - Apoptosis, the process of programmed cell death where a cell can turn on its own built in genes for self-destruction if called upon to do so.

Macbeth - This series will be used to portray mechanisms in a cell that react and sometimes overreact to  stress, causing a cascading death spiral of the cell, called the UPR or Unfolded Protein Response. This ties in to Apoptosis and Epigenetics, so the Tempest and the Hamlet series.

Prince Hal - the development of Prince Hal in the Henriad plays - Here I will be looking at the development of the cell and the hidden forces behind this.  This mini-series is in direct contrast to King Lear; the character's rise to full power versus the decline once at the top.

King Lear - Brain degeneration, which is related to apoptosis (and such diseases as alzheimers).

The Tempest - hidden forces behind the orchestration of cellular gene expression, called Epigenetics. This relates to all of the above scientifically.

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Copyright © 2009, Julie Newdoll. All rights reserved.