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Art: The Fat Mermaid by Artist Laura Barbosa
The mermaidís mouth signifies man and his invention for catching fish, the hook. The hook can be painful and if it happens to get caught in the mouth of a mermaid, letís hope she escapes in time before being pulled into the boat by her mouth. This is what happened to The Fat Mermaid. She escaped just in time and is floating in the sea trying to get rid of the pain from the hook. This painting was created out of my disgust and awe of what man is capable of doing. Some men are good and do great things while some are so cruel and do not care about what pain they cause to any other living thing. The Fat Mermaid is fat because she is a gluten. A gluten for punishment from man. She sees all that goes on in our oceans. The slaughtering of whales and dolphins, the capture of beautiful sea mammals who by accident get caught in fishing nets and die. This fat mermaid should be very important to all of us. It is a symbol of who we have become as a people. A terrible reminder of what is going on and what only a few of us know about. We must stop the cruelty upon the earth. We have to join together to save the sea and all the creatures in it. This fat mermaid has intense meaning for a passionate person. She should be hung on a wall not only to look beautiful in your room but to be a hidden reminder of what she symbolizes. If you own the Fat Mermaid, it is your choice to tell your guests what she really means or just leave her hanging as a conversational art piece to spark interest in all who see her. She can be the center of attention for games and fun. What does she mean to you? A mystery worth solving.


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