110 x 140 cm, acrylic on canvas.
Collection of the artist, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
My mermaid series deal with the contradictional fertilizing action of creation: the disturbing potency of imagination to open or withhold to reality. Mermaids represent a personification of the fertility of imagination. In legends they mostly turn up to represent naive morals which they defend with their seducing beauty of innocence. One could say that mermaids exist exclusively to enchant you with vanity and beauty.
In my painted mermaid-images yet another fertilization has taken place: a second impossible fertilization was implanted. To archieve that state one needs to be convinced that the inseparable imagination and observation are more powerfull than reality. These mermaids are in a state of future expectation like they are pregnant witnesses to a world of imagination for which there might not even exist a reality. These images have a past in reality as well as in their figuration. In observing them, one realizes that by painting (creating) them, they seem to have lost their innocence of virginity.