“Lady of the Sea,” paper machee pulp and recycled paper sculpted in the form of a woman’s head and the torso of a fish is not completely human nor a siren yet encompasses characteristics of both.
Although in Greek mythology sirens are part winged creatures, I chose to forgo that characteristic and instead create “Lady of the Sea” because of my dual fascination with and fear of deep waters. Although I like to swim in the sea, particularly in the Mediterranean, I’ve somehow always had a fear of oceans, deep seas and extreme seas. At the same time, I admire women such as my friend, a deep-sea swimmer, for their endurance, fearlessness, and stamina to withstand harsh and unpredictable conditions yet succeed in crossing long distances. They can be thrown in the middle of the ocean, do well in low water temperatures, and endure lonely hours at sea. I envy serious swimmers who feel equally at home on land and in the sea. A creature that is part woman and part fish can be part of two worlds and this duality is special to me.
Instead of creating a creature that would manipulate and entice people like the mythological sirens who lured sailors in with their song, I actually created a kinder creature that has a more positive demeanour.
Her part sea-creature quality gives “Lady of the Sea” the ability to swim in the deepest waters of the ocean, as well as freely rise to the surface. Like a fish, she can swim against the current or swim with the flow, and like a woman she can surface and lie down on the beach front.
I grew up in Athens surrounded by the sea, swimming, snorkelling, and discovering different kinds of creatures. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why water calls to me. Every time I return to land, I feel regret to leave the sea for land, much in the same way I fathom that “Lady of the Sea” might feel.
The inscription of the sculpture speaks about the magic of the sea, swimming, playing and discovering. It also speaks about encountering a mermaid. The idea came to me as I was in the process of creating the “Lady of the Sea.” The words are a reflection of my thoughts about the sea.
“You find the magic of the sea when you swim and discover a mermaid. When you suddenly discover that mermaids actually exist.”
The totem is composed of recyclable materials. It uses acrylic paints with many coats and metallic colors to connote a light silvery finish, reminiscent of the ocean.
“Lady of the Sea” paper machee pulp and carton. 55cm x 37 cm.