Mermaids and Mermen are iconic for their beauty and monstrous virtues. This animated digital/sculptural installation takes on a different vision of Mer-people (without focusing on binary constructs), which embodies Hogarthian beauty aesthetics and the Kristevan abject by emphasizing the human vertebrae. This serpent- like body/hybrid fuses human and animal relationships and forces notions of the bizarre, uncanny, human uniqueness, and intrigue. These merfolk personify signifiers of oppositions in a new-fangled depiction of the mythological monsters. They are monstrously beautiful. And, beautifully marvellous.
The Marvelous Merfolk, 2021. Clay, steel wire, synthetic hair, acrylic paint, feathers. Sculptural installation with digital projection. Loop