Title: Shadows in the Sea
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Brush-varnished with UVL gloss, Sides gallery-wrapped and as shown.
This painting began as an exploration of acrylic pour painting process, and evidence of that abstract process is still seen in the intertwining forms of the seaweed and underwater plant life. I felt that these abstract forms reminded me of underwater plants, which led to me elevating the painting beyond just the abstract forms to include more detail in the foreground with the thong weed interplaying with what could be more kelp-like forms behind it. Meanwhile, while I was completing this painting, Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the live-action remake of the Little Mermaid, and a debate broke out as to the “racial identity” of the mermaid character, Ariel. With this in mind, I included a distant mermaid form (with wavy locs) rising to the surface, holding a large pearl in her hand and a close-up main character fish, swimming in front of the thong weed. Since mermaids have now been politicized, perhaps the fish for the first time in his life has become self-conscious of his stripes, wondering if he’s more black or white…and if mermaids are more human or fish? …just some possible conversations to have around this painting.