Dido's Lament, by Buffdiss, 2010
Dido's Lament, by Buffdiss, 2010.
This is a wall-sized electrical tape piece inspired by Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas," based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid. The artist, known as "Buffdiss", works in abandoned structures in Berlin to produce his large murals. You can find more images from the "Dido and Aeneas" series here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buffdiss/sets/72157625063806761/with/509084.... How do these images, and the empty-building canvas the artist uses, reflect on Aeneas's departure from the fallen city of Troy? How do the artist's repurposed media adopt some of the central thematics of inheritance and novelty in Virgil's poem? Do these pieces sustain a Virgilian reading, or are they only legible as reworkings of the Purcell opera?