Mermaid Song is my newest art doll. For an earlier mermaid doll I forged an all copper tail. I decided allow materials to drive creation with this siren of the deep. I source some materials for my work at a local “creative reuse” center known as the Scrap Exchange. Upholstery samples provide a great inspiration starting point. Within a stack of faux-leathers I had several colors of materials with a dappled pattern impression. They reminded me of fish scales, and called to be part of a new mermaid doll.
I tried some other new things with the construction of this sculpture. Along with my last, “Barre-ing Degas”, this doll has hands created from a narrower diameter copper tubing. I think this brings the hands into better proportion with the rest of the doll. It does require I work to an even more exacting tolerance when cutting fingers in the end of the tube I flatten to form the palm and fingers. Another new technique I employed was making a small sandbag to include within the doll to ensure that she would sit up while still having her head tipped back singing.
Mermaid Song will be off to the gallery soon.