The heart: recurrent theme of the artist connected to her childhood.
She has a degree in Fine Arts and a doctorate in Art, Education and Cultural History from the Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Statement of the artist and her work:
The Ofelia project began in 2009 with the intention of writing about the character of William Shakespeare in Hamlet.
Her work is made up of photos women, including artists, with the aim of showing their role in today’s society. The image of Ofelia returns to the 21st century arousing new visual representations and asking questions about the death or its desire.
In some images of Castanho appears the person drowned in a river. She works with photos of some distressing moments but from a sensible and delicate point of view. In this way, the artist remade the symbols as the example of the red flag, which means dream and death and on the other hand, the garland of violets, symbolizing chastity and premature death. Also, the Brazilian artist wants to represent the four elements: water, earth, fire and air. With this treatment of the Ophelia of Shakespeare what she wants is to think about the behaviour and feelings of women in previous centuries but also nowadays.
Castanho has exhibited her work in cities like Sao Paulo with photographs and objects resulting from the academic research process and, of course, the work of art itself.