(Mixed media: Ink, Acrylic, Rice Piper, Tissue Paper, and Colored Pencil. Original is 16″x20″.)
The Virgin of Guadalupe is a beloved figure to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. She is an embodiment of the Great Mother, the Blessed Mother, She Who Hears the Cries of the World, and as such has much in common with Kwan Yin, Tara, and Yemaya.
I love Guadalupe, and I love mermaids, and at some point I was seized with the idea of putting the two together. There’s more than a bit of inspiration here from Kim Antieau’s novel Church of the Old Mermaids, in which the ancient mermaids find themselves living in the New Desert when the Old Sea dried up. There’s also something here to do with how much I have been captured by the imagery of the Southwest during the last couple of years, but how I am still a Northwest woman at heart.
Here are a few close-up glimpses of the image:
Archival Print, signed by the artist
Price includes shipping. Print is hand-signed by the artist. The prints are created in the artist’s studio, printed on fine art, archival textured papers. The manufacturer of the printer, papers and ink promise a longevity of 200+ years, “worthy of museum display.” (Fine art prints, as well as original art, should never be hung in full sunlight.) You will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity. Protective Packaging includes a backing board, with the print enclosed in a clear envelope.
The larger print fits into a 16×20-inch mat (outside dimensions). The smaller print fits into a 11×14-inch mat (outside dimensions).
This image is also available on Fine Art America on canvas, metal, and in larger sizes.