Artists, Kirsten Wolf and Fern Smith would like to present a queer take on mermaids ‘tides turn’ with a selected collection of drawings, digital art prints and watercolour on paper and cotton. Wolf (Newcastle NSW) & Smith (Coburg North VIC) have previously exhibited together in a group show at ANCA Gallery, Canberra. Recently, they discovered, via social media that they were both working on images of mermaids.
Wolf is producing both black and white drawings and graphic watercolours with the aim of one day producing an adult colouring in book. ‘I try and draw my creatures of the deep with agency. These are not objects of desire to be looked at and catalogued, but characters who would rip you to pieces or spear you through the heart in the blink of an eye.’
Smith sees mermaids as the hidden folklore story relating to all facets of life from death, love, strength, gender politics and the environment. The exploration of mermaids started appearing in Fern’s personal symbolism in the late 1980’s whilst travelling the Western Australian coast line.
The collective experience and expertise of Wolf and Smith present a wonder filled exhibition of drawings and paintings. It’s time we were given a new way to think about these creatures of the sea; one that explores diversity, sexuality, body image and gender.