Mermaids

Mermaids By Fern Smith
Fern Smith’s sample selection of mermaids started to appear in her work around 1988-1989 when she travelled extensively along the Western Australian coast line and stopping in Darwin for six months to witness the ‘build up’ and monsoon.

Most recent mermaid

This Mermaid was created using graphite and coloured pencil on 210 gsm acid free rough paper by Fern Smith in May 2016
This Mermaid was created using graphite and coloured pencil on 210 gsm acid free rough paper by Fern Smith in May 2016

Mermaids 2016-2014

Over the past three years I have been researching and developing an ancient technique of water colour on cotton. So as not the think to hard on the subject matter I used my mermaids to master the technique.

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Artwork by Fern Smith opaque water colour on cotton.
Artwork by Fern Smith opaque water colour on cotton.
Artwork by Fern Smith opaque water colour on cotton.

You can find recent mermaids at tides turn

Mermaids 2013-2000

The feminist /suffragist mermaid was born in 2012 when working on a CD cove for the Brunswick women's choir.
The feminist /suffragist mermaid was born in 2012 when working on a CD cove for the Brunswick women’s choir.
I tied mermaids to feminism and equal rights this is clearly demonstrated in this digital art print created in 2005.
I tied mermaids to feminism and equal rights this is clearly demonstrated in this digital art print created in 2005.
'Trophy' digital art print was created in 2005.I tied mermaids to feminism and equal rights.
‘Trophy’ digital art print was created in 2005. I tied mermaids to feminism and equal rights.

Mermaids 1990-1999

Acrylic on paper - a mother protecting the environment. Idea sourced form thinking about the Ganges river and Indian mythology.
Acrylic on paper – a mother protecting the environment. Idea sourced form thinking about the Ganges river and Indian mythology.
Medusa an ink on paper
Medusa an ink on paper
'Drag net' Ink on paper the exploration of fishing industry.
‘Drag net’ Ink on paper the exploration of fishing industry.
Ink on paper exploring lesbian identity
Ink on paper exploring lesbian identity
Lino print on rice paper exploring lesbian identity
Lino print on rice paper exploring lesbian identity
Lino print rice paper exploring lesbian identity
Lino print rice paper exploring lesbian identity
Mermaids tale - acrylic on paper - exploring mythology and putting a feminist twist on it.
Mermaids tale – acrylic on paper – exploring mythology and putting a feminist twist on it.

Fern’s record keeping has been a bit hit or miss owing to the changes and access to technology. If anyone has an artwork by Fern’s could you please take a photo and send it to her and if possible with size and type of media (ink, print, oil etc) and what was it created on. Thank you

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Mail to: FernArtz
Director Fern Smith
23a Lorensen Ave
North Coburg VIC.
Australia 3058
Mobile: +61 408978747

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