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Little Mermaid by Leah Mariani – Fairy tales and nursery rhymes interested me for what they tell us about gender roles. Traditionally the female protagonist is a passive participant in her own story, yet these fairy tales persist in popularity.

This painting considers the recent elevation of the mermaid as a popular heroine. In folklore, mermaids are seductive sirens who employ their beauty and their voice to lure men to their watery deaths.

This is contrasted against the She Sells Sea Shells tongue twister, which is thought to be inspired by the Victoria- era fossil hunter named Mary Anning. As pioneering palaeontologist, Anning was responsible for the discovery of several categories of animals. Because she was a woman, she received little credit for her achievements and many of her discoveries were attributed to men. The names of women like Mary Anning, who succeeded in the face of prejudice, remain largely uncelebrated in popular culture; hence the rhyme sits behind the subject’s head, out of sight.

The painting is framed in raw Tasmanian oak and is ready to hang.

Little Mermaid

Leah Mariani

AUD$950
Size: 67w x 67h x 4d cms
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Acrylic and oil on canvas

Framed in oak

Ready to hang

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Little Mermaid by Leah Mariani – Fairy tales and nursery rhymes interested me for what they tell us about gender roles. Traditionally the female protagonist is a passive participant in her own story, yet these fairy tales persist in popularity.

This painting considers the recent elevation of the mermaid as a popular heroine. In folklore, mermaids are seductive sirens who employ their beauty and their voice to lure men to their watery deaths.

This is contrasted against the She Sells Sea Shells tongue twister, which is thought to be inspired by the Victoria- era fossil hunter named Mary Anning. As pioneering palaeontologist, Anning was responsible for the discovery of several categories of animals. Because she was a woman, she received little credit for her achievements and many of her discoveries were attributed to men. The names of women like Mary Anning, who succeeded in the face of prejudice, remain largely uncelebrated in popular culture; hence the rhyme sits behind the subject’s head, out of sight.

The painting is framed in raw Tasmanian oak and is ready to hang.

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