“300 years” is created with various bright inks on Hahnemule Hot Press 300gsm Water Colour paper. The inks are worked into with water sprays and brushes. Size is 21x29cm.
"We fly to the warm countries where the sultry plague-air kills people – there we
fan cool air on them. We spread the scent of flowers through the air and send refreshment and cure.
When we have striven to do all the good we can for three hundred years, we are granted an
immortal soul and take part in the eternal happiness of humans. You, poor little mermaid, have
striven to do the same with all your heart as we do, you have suffered and endured, have lifted
yourself up to the realm of the spirits of the air, now through good deeds you can create for yourself
an immortal soul in three hundred years’ time.’" extract from The Little Mermaid.
The piece was created as part of the Den Lille Harfrue Collection – the little mermaid. Created in lockdown to express my feelings about the restrictions, being unable to have social contact and also experiencing incredibly vivid and at some times quite scary dreams, a lot based underwater.
Not only did I draw on my own vivid dreams as inspiration for this piece, and this whole collection, I also looked at one of my favourite Fairy Tales as a Child- The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian.