“Ink and mixed media on paper, 2021, 32 x 37 cm
“There was a sighting of a flash of Blue Hair in the forest”.
Once the fisherman taught her how to walk the mermaid said goodbye to her lover, but only for a short time. She left to venture alone into the green mountains and explore the lush landscape, rivers, waterfalls and to become acquainted with its wildlife. She was new and this was now to be her home. The mermaid walked barefoot on the Earth and made friends with the birds and rivers. The fisherman knew that she needed to do this on her own but he remained close ; the mountains clearly in sight from his shack on the coast.
The story behind the making of this picture tells of my time spent in a small Brazilian coastal town many years before. In 2014, I was creating art for the foyer of the hotel I was staying at. Those artworks revealed an epic, spirited myth I titled THE FISHERMAN AND MERMAID’S TALE. In brief:
“A mermaid and fisherman fall in love at first sight, leading the mermaid to transform her tail into legs so she can walk the earth with her lover. They travel the world and have many adventures. In their 8th year together, he himself goes through gradual changes to miraculously transform into a dolphin; bringing them both back to the sea.”..
When I returned to Australia, I debuted The Fisherman and Mermaid’s Tale, in a 2018 solo exhibition. Eventually I expanded on the storyline through a second exhibition: Into the Lush Green, in 2020, inspired by living in Northern NSW and spending time in the Bellingen hinterlands. The art I made explored the days soon after the mermaid learnt how to walk. Bellingen is close to the coast, so it added further magic and helped to set the stage. Blue Hair is one of the artworks I made for the INTO THE LUSH GREEN show.
*This work on paper comes presented beautifully in an crisp white matt board and frame, stylishly and professionally presented by the Bellingen Framers
Once payment is received, it will be accompanied by a print out of the story, a signed certificate of authenticity and an artwork description. It will be lovingly wrapped up in bubbles (bubble wrap), packed safely and shipped out within 3 business days
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Original Artwork, Print