Inspired by The Passenger:
Sir John Everett Millais – Ophelia
The painting depicts Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare‘s play Hamlet, singing while floating in a river just before she drowns. Ophelia’s pose -her open arms and upwards gaze- resembles traditional portrayals of saints or martyrs, but has also been interpreted as erotic. Ophelia is known for its depiction of the detailed flora of the river and the riverbank, stressing the patterns of growth and decay in a natural ecosystem. The flowers shown floating on the river were chosen to correspond with Shakespeare’s description of Ophelia’s garland, however they also reflect the Victorian interest in the “language of flowers“, according to which each flower carries a symbolic meaning. The prominent red poppy -not mentioned by Shakespeare’s description of the scene- represents sleep and death.
Nick Cave feat. Kylie Minogue – Where the wild roses grow
Australian artist Nick Cave had been interested in working with Minogue since hearing Better the Devil You Know, saying it contained “one of pop music’s most violent and distressing lyrics” and “when Kylie Minogue sings these words, there is an innocence”. Where the Wild Roses Grow (1995), was a brooding ballad whose lyrics narrated a murder from the points of view of both the murderer (Cave), and his victim (Minogue), and its success demonstrated that Minogue could be accepted outside of her established genre as a pop artist. It received widespread attention in Europe, where it reached the top 10 in several countries, and acclaim in Australia where it reached number two, and won ARIA Awards for “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Release”.