Ink on paper, 2021, 30 x 40cm
WASHING HER FEET IN THE RIVER in this drawing the figure of the mermaid takes on the shapes of her environment. There is a tender even romantic feel to this image. The black ink, shapes and lines could easily morph into poetic words on paper.
An artwork titled: FEET preceded this drawing which led me to imagine her standing up from where she was seated and walking her newly gained feet to find the nearest source of water. She treats them which such gentleness and gratitude.
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..”
Upon returning to Australia, in 2018 I staged a major solo show exploring and developing the story further through art. In 2020 I was living briefly in the countryside of Bellingen. This experience in turn inspired me to create art for an exhibition I titled: INTO THE LUSH GREEN where I delved deeper into the days following the mermaid’s first steps on land. The town’s backdrop offered more details to the storyline:
“soon after the fisherman teaches her how to walk, she ventures alone into the forest, mountains and rivers surrounding the fisherman’s hut, to become acquainted with her new legs and feet…”
As a work on paper this artwork will require framing
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Original Artwork, Print