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Shimmer: Priscilla Otani

Shimmer: Priscilla Otani

Priscilla Otani

Regular price $5,000.00 Sale

74 x 18 x 7 "

Mixed media with fiber, paper, sequins and paillettes

The name "Eleuthera" is derived from the feminine form of the Greek adjective, “eleutheros,” or "free". 

In “Eleuthera,” the mermaid form symbolizes the free-spirited chinook salmon that migrate from the rivers of California and Washington State into the Pacific Ocean and back again during their life-cycles. Where they were abundant in the past, their numbers have dwindled from water pollution, drought, construction, and over-fishing. The Mermaid Eleuthera embodies the freedom and the fighting spirit of these wild salmon. Her sleek body is luminous and ephemeral, right down to the tips of her rosy peach tail. The waves of the ocean falling from her waist are created from topographical maps of the Pacific Coast. The pearl necklace and drops of pearls mixed with the ocean waves are created from the pages of “The Odyssey” and “Moby Dick,” both tales of heroic oceanic voyages. The blue butterflies rising from her bodice represent the hopes of generations of travelers, whether insect, fish or human, that migrate vast distances to seek freedom and a continuation of their species. May the shimmering spirit of Eleuthera and the freedom she promises, continue to guide them safely on their precious journey.