Gauri Murria

Mermaid in the Deep

Sculpture, 2016

My sculpture is of a rebellious mermaid who does not fit the archetypical definition of a mermaid. She does not have the long flowing hair, but instead short hair. The brighter colours of her hair and scales contrast with her skin. These elements help make the idea of being a rebellious mermaid as she looks very different from a normal human being. My artwork is inspired by the book The Shadow over Innsmouth by H P Lovecraft, which is about a place where hybrids, also referred to as fish-like humanoids or Deep Ones, live. The people who live there look human in early life but then slowly transform into Deep Ones that live an eternal life in ancient cities underwater. The descriptions of the Deep Ones in the book are very different from my work. The Deep Ones had subtle differences that made them look just a bit odd but no one could place what it was. My intentions with my work is to contrast to the story as the mermaid I made is one who is trying to find her place in the world and fit in and so she is very different. My goal for this artwork was to explore my abilities and experiment using clay media in a different way than what I had done in the past. It was my first time making a clay bust and I feel that my goal was accomplished as the artwork was done to the best of my ability and I am happy with the result. In creating this artwork two really big things that I learnt were the sponging technique for painting and patience.