In my Midlife Mermaids series, I examine issues of female identity, gender, body image, body politic, sexuality, and aging. 

The faces and upper bodies of each mermaid consist of self-portraits expressing a variety of emotional and psychological states,

including confrontation and contemplation. Within the shapes of the lower torsos and tails, I paint images of the mysteries, wonders,

and wreckage of the sea: coral reefs, sea plants and flowers.  These forms also reference both HIV and cancer cells and

female sexual and reproductive organs, and the ruins of sunken ships.  Opposites of vulnerability/power, beauty/ugliness, growth/decomposition, life/death and fact/fiction are contained and expressed in these works.


© 2014 by Jane Zweibel. All rights reserved.

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