The original fairy tale of the little mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson, inspired the painting. Death features quite heavily in the tale, it seems to loom over the mermaid right from the start and this piece is a comment not only on that but also on the feelings of oppressions and pressing feeling of death all around during this trying time of lockdown and pandemic.
The painting is 14.5cm x 21cm - landscape view, painted on wood panel, the surface is smooth, I have worked here are many, many layers of paint and ink and varnish it also includes old leaf, the texture is tactile, with crackle effects and smooth finishes, you want to run your hands and your eyes over it!
The surface is really something special in this piece, pealry inks give a shimmer and the colours change as you shift your perspective, it really needs to be viewed in front of you. Shame in the times of lockdown. I love the way the figure seems to disappear reemerge as you look at the image.
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.
Mermaid Painting, Mother and Child, small painting, teal art, cyan green, underwater,