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A new mermaid appears in the Village

25 Jan 2012 1:39 PM | Matthew Kirk (Administrator)
New Mermaid appears in the village

exert from Mt Eliza Village Magazine

A new mermaid appears in The Village, courtesy of local artist Fiona Presland. Following the last mermaid flags created by Janine Daddo, the Mt Eliza Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a 2nd local artist, Fiona Presland, to interpret the mermaid to grace the flags of Mt Eliza.

Fiona is a Mornington Peninsula artist who has been exhibiting since 2001. Beginning in local art shows, Fiona’s striking female forms quickly became popular. She soon developed a relationship with Mt Eliza’s Manyung Gallery, where she has been exhibiting twice a year since 2005, as well as Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane art fairs.

Fiona’s background in fashion and love of the female form comes together in her attempts to express various emotions of the women she loves. She sets out to capture their female spirit, whether it is sensual, pensive or quietly playful, and with the use of bold colours she connects with the viewer.

Fiona’s next exhibition will be held at Manyung Galley in December. Fiona’s mermaid design was inspired by original drawings and etchings of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and was modeled on her own 11-year-old daughter, Mia. “While Andersen’s mermaid was in awe of the humans above the surface of her world, our young mermaid shows a sense of concern for the human world and her environment below. She clutches a shell, symbolic of the marine life treasures in the depths, and she looks towards the surface with a protective gaze.

“Would Andersen imagine, more than 170 years on, our youth would be faced with the environmental damage to our bays and oceans that we are today?” said Fiona. Mt Eliza Chamber of Commerce promotions manager Lucinda Bakhach is privileged to have artists of Fiona’s calibre agreeing to create mermaid pieces for the Village. “I love the notion that we have fine art flying on our flagpoles showcasing our Village. The artwork is representative of the fact we are unique; we have a local personality and talent that is not replicated anywhere else and gives us a strong sense of identity and point of difference. Art aims to provoke thought, uplift and inspire, and our Village loves being associated with these values.” said Lucinda.

 

 

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