Olympia Artwalk, April 2015
The shark woman hides her mouth, bloody from her meal. The crab woman scuttles along the bottom, alert, defensive. The mermaid, gathers starfish, delighted in their variety, laughing as one tickles her palm. The raymaid glides smoothly through the brine, fluid and free.
Unnerving sinuous forms, suckers and teeth, hips and flippers. Mythical women that don't exist, but we wish they did.
I spent hours, days months contemplating the sea and the amazing animals living in it. Not even sure why I started this series, it erupted from nowhere. Eventually while sculpting them, my fantasies became symbols of our connections with the waterways in the world. We as humans don't live in the ocean, but if we did…things might be different.
I meant them to be icons, almost devotional in their starkness. The delicate porcelain clay, shiny against black ornate emptiness. An attempt to represent the essence and not the matter of things. Beyond those intentions, It was just a lot of fun!
SOLD OUT! The SeaWomen show sold out! If you want to see more and maybe purchase....Splash Gallery in Olympia, WA will offer work in July. Click Here to go to works in Progress page to view a glimpse of the new mermaids. Posting photos in July of current finished Mermaids and more...keep checking.
Photography by Karen Hardy