Dimensions: 14" x 20"
Date: June 2002
This piece came to me completely intuitively as I was lying in bed.
I drew it fluidly and quickly and when I went to draw the hands, it
just didn't feel right drawing human hands. I was guided into drawing
something more fluid, like seaweed. Painting it was much the same. I
worked at my desk and burgundy, purple and copper felt like her colors.
Even her name came to me. Nerea is serene in the sea, a part of the
Mermaids have long been in every culture's folktales and stories. They
go by many names: mermaid, maerin, mermen, nereids, sirens, lorellei,
minne, mari, harpies, ninyos, lamias, undines, apsara, iara, water nymphs...
They are a permutation of the very ancient, primordial sea goddess,
or fish goddess who has been called many names: Aphrodite, Yemanja,
Tiamat, Mariamne, Kupala, Ran, Cliodna, Dubh Lacha, Ganga, Mami Wata,
Sedna. Mermaids in Greek and Western myths are typically beautiful women
on the top halves of their bodies, and fish on the lower halves, who
spend a lot of time sunning and bathing themselves on sea and river
rocks. They lure sailors by their beautiful singing, mesmerizing them
to their deaths in the deep waters.
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