What If I'm A Mermaid...

Sarah ORourke

Joined November 2008

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Acryllic + Ink on Canvas 50 × 60cms

Painted specifically for the Mirrors Exhibition ’09
“Beauty is not just an image, it’s a feeling”

“Mirrors” is a Charity Art Exhibition Benefitting the Butterfly Foundation
Raising much needed funds to support Eating Disorder patients, their families & loved ones, whilst also raising awareness in the wider community. The event also seeks to promote positive Body Image through art…
“Expressing, transforming and clarifying the shades of limelight that frame our body image.”
Currently on at the Mori Gallery in Sydney until October 24, for more event details see here
And read about other bubbers involved here

Whilst What If I’m A Mermaid… is an obvious reference to the subject of the painting, it’s also a line from one of my favourite songs by Tori Amos, which is as open to interpretation & woven with different meanings & messages as this painting perhaps is… there are threads in both to which i feel we can all on some level relate.

When it came to elaborating on what those messages were or are for the sake of the exhibtion… Well… I wrote one artists statement… followed by another… and then another… and another. Somewhere around 10 i decided to stop… It was not that i was unhappy with a single one of them, quite the opposite, each seemed to inspire another thought, i’d tilt my head & see yet another perspective, many of which weren’t even conscious in my mind whilst painting…
What it made me realise was that more than anything this painting was not so much about me expressing or conveying my thoughts, nor was there a singular message that i want or wanted people to be taken from it… purely & simply it was aimed at inspiring thought in a different circle… & so rather than cloud that thought with words, i decided to let you ponder… “What If I’m A Mermaid…”

You can see my painting from last years exhibtion here
As well as the prints i donated of my “Girls of La Mar” series…
Liquid Diamonds
Caught A Lite Breeze
Girl & The Sea

More on Mirror’s soon

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