Price: $1,650.00 (2021 Gippsland Sculpture Prize entry)
Art Medium: Mixed media sculpture
Size: 60 cm x 100 cm
Expressions of interest accepted. Sculpture entry in the 2021 Gippsland sculpture prize , March 21 – May 9th
“She sat on the throne, closed her eyes, took a deep breath in and let go’. The change took place at the bottom of the sea in the center of the palace, at a sacred ceremony called the Princess’s Throne”
Continuing with the Fisherman and Mermaid’s Tale series of works this sculpture interprets in 3D form, the moment the mermaid transforms her tail into legs. Up to this point the mermaid and the fisherman had spent 1 year together. To be with her, each day he would come to her in his boat and came to know his lover’s world under the sea with the help of a magic crystal pearl that once swallowed, allowed him to breath under water for a day at a time.
By the end of that year she longs to know his world, and asks to have her tail transformed into legs and so the ceremony takes place. After this she embarks on a life on the land. “Now with legs, she takes her fist steps standing on his feet as he teaches her how to walk…and before long they become great travellers”
She sits on an elaborate throne made of wire and found objects. Her hair is a swirl of painted fabric and paper. Her figure is ‘built up’, with textiles, wood and wire similar to how a sculptor would build a form out of clay. The swirls convey the energy and motion that is taking place as her legs are forming, but also eludes to the other changes that will take place for her in the days and years to come.
A copy of the full story can be made available upon request. Otherwise in the blog section of NEWS on this website you can find a more detailed description of the series and the story that inspired it. Many of my mix media sculptures are enhanced by a wall painting at the buyers preference. However, as all pieces of this nature, the work stands alone without the mural component. For this piece I also created a painting on paper as an option that could be mounted on the wall, for the sculpture to hang in front of.