Ida, Iceland, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013



Lisa, England, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013



Solana, Portugal, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013



Jaymy, Germany, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013



Barunka, Czech Republic, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013



Laura, Sicily, Archival pigment print, 2011-2013

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Mermaids feature in tales and myths across many cultures. When visualising mermaids we are drawn to specific imagery, from pre-photographic expressions in painting and sculpture to more recent, animated versions.

The project Milk & Sea is a photographic exploration of how to connect these mythical females to the real world; what could mermaids' stories be if the mermaids were living now in contemporary conditions? Where would they live? What would they do? Who would they actually be .....?

I travelled to different countries looking for inspiration and stories, and looking for local girls who felt a bit different or special. Influenced by the places, the cultures and the girls’ real lives, I created narratives that I then staged for the tableau photographs.

The photographs are a response to the culturally-coded imagery we have in connection with mermaids. The imagery is built upon, diverted or broken down. Working with the theme of popular culture I wanted to link the series by using a strongly colourful and easily approachable aesthetic. When I was thinking about the name for the work, I remembered that the traditional Czech expression for a healthy girl is that she is “blood and milk”. Applied to mermaids the words could developed into the expression that she is “milk & sea”.