Mermaid’s Hair

Nature is an important source of inspiration for my work. I am fascinated especially about a seaweed called “mermaid’s hair”. I have used it as a symbol of fascination itself. The plant looks like hair and the rocks are like heads. It is a metaphor of adoration, worshipping and romantic crush. Growing and spreading all over, it makes people invade each other and stick on another one’s skin.

“Dreaming Mermaid Falling” is about a narcissistic crush that is deepened by dreaming.

Dreaming Mermaid Falling
Dreaming Mermaid Falling, 100 x 54 cm, 2014

 

Mermaid's Hair
Mermaid’s Hair, 30 x 21 cm, 2014

 

The surface of my rocks or rocklike people is made by coloring and partly rubbing off the surface of the paper. It gives an impression of what the work might feel like through the sense of touch.

close-up of a scratched surface made with ink and charcoal on paper
close-up of a scratched surface made with ink and charcoal on paper

 

In finnish, mermaid’s hair is called “ahdinparta”, which means “beard of Ahti”.  Ahti is the god of water in finnish paganism.

Ahti
Ahti, 30 x 21 cm, 2014

 

I continued working with the same kinds of brushstrokes.

Nightmare
Nightmare, 173 x 115 cm, 2015

 

An interesting, concrete quality of mermaid’s hair is that it is actually very soft and cosy under bare feet. However, it’s not always a safe spot to step on, so it can be misleading. “Rescue” is inspired by the three Graces in Greek mythology.

Rescue
Rescue, 120 x 120 cm, 2016

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