Black Fish

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So following on from the narrative of my first mermaid painting - she's now stuck in an aquarium being gawked at by visitors... I was inspired by the story of Tilikum in the documentary Blackfish - if you haven't seen it, I can really recommend it. The idea that Orcas in the wild never hurt human beings but after years of captivity Tilikum a male killer whale held in Seaworld slowly goes mad and becomes dark.

So I wanted to show the mermaid as dark and brooding - almost ready to hurl herself at the glass like gorillas are known to do.