Inspired by the disasters in Japan this year, I combined the legend of the Little Mermaid with the results of nuclear radiation. I think that maybe in the real world, mermaids are just fishes, being mutated by radiation.
I made 4 anatomy diagrams describing the process of a creature’s development to convince people of the changes through a scientific approach. To enhance this thought, I made the drawings look very old so that they appear to be historical documents, which state that the mutation evolved many years ago already.
By doing so, I want to tell people that if mankind does not take every single life on Earth seriously and keeps doing things that might hurt life, such as building more power plants and factories, then we will regret what we have done in the future.
I chose the Pacific Saury as the mutant-fish because it is one of the most popular sources in the Japanese cuisine and it has a great economic importance in the North Pacific area.
The first diagram shows a healthy Saury fish without any signs of mutation. The second one shows a fish with developed organs, even though there is no visible change in its general appearance. Characteristics of human beings begin to form in the 3rd fish. In the last diagram, the fish looks more human like and its organs have also “humanized”.
LIN Weiwei 林薇薇
Gouache, color pencil
390mm x 530mm 4pieces
390mm x 530mm 4pieces
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