Art Medium: Mixed media sculpture
Size: 100 cm x 100 cm
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: “She sat on the throne, closed her eyes, took a deep breath in and let go’.
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. Each day he visits her in his boat. In order to come to know his lover’s world under the sea, he swallows a magic crystal pearl that allows 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 travelers.
She sits on the 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.
Inpir3d by 2 paintings that came before it, in this sculpture I explore more boldly the changes that take place on her body in particular the scales from her tale that remain on her legs. The patterns they create overflow though out the surface of her body and out to the wild swirls of her hair. The extraordinariness of the moment is further emphasized by the dramatic effect of a limited colour palette, This serves to counterbalance any resemblance to a human form and the natural aliveness of her figure in space, She is after all visiting us from an imaginary realm…
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.