Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Siren's Call

I painted this mermaid two years ago for an illustration class I taught at Castle in the Air. The history of these creatures has always intrigued me. Mermaids come to us from ancient stories of Egyptian fertility gods. They are the ultimate symbol of the empowered woman, someone so strong in herself that in mythology she is deprived of her legs, or even her voice.

For a time last year, Castle in the Air featured a photo booth where people could pose as sirens in their underwater grotto. Even though the grotto has receded into the murky depths, any woman can be a mermaid at any time. It's just a matter of the right accessories, as you can see in this paper doll set I created and this photo of me dressed as a mermaid in my backyard pond.

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