A Midsummer Night's Dream
Act 5, Scene 1
Once upon a time before I focused my creativity on art, I was a performer, and my very first role was as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Several years later the film adaptation starring Keven Kline as Bottom made its debut and I was just blown away by the pathos he brought to the character. "I shall call it Bottom's Dream because it hath no bottom" seemed like a punchline when I was a high school freshman. But Kline makes my heart hurt when I watch his Bottom struggling to express the deep love he felt (briefly) for Titania and the emptiness in him now that she is gone.
Fairy Queens and moonlit forests of course make lovely subjects for a piece of art, but it's the brief moment Bottom and Titania share together in perfect content love that really speaks to me and motivated me to do this piece.
The text in this piece is from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 3 scenes 1-2, and Act 4 scene 1.