Mount Vernon, WA
“This challenge inspired me to look at Earth in two ways. Is Earth the ‘mother’ of humans or does Earth need ‘mothering’? I chose to interpret my entry as Mothering Earth, with my cosmos-inspired mermaid doll cradling Earth in a star- and moon-encrusted, velvet-lined oyster shell. She also begs the question as to the beginnings of life in her universe. I like that she is Madonna-esque, without being overtly motherly. Even with no facial features she still seems to have a lot of personality; her expression is determined by the viewer.
“I used tan broadcloth for the mermaid body, pre-embellished velveteen for the tail, pre-embellished netting for the fins, an oyster shell that I lined with black velvet for the cradle, and paper clay and acrylic for the earth. She is embellished with silver, gold, and black sequins; vintage buttons; and glitter. Her hair is a mix of acrylic yarn and various blue and silver needlework threads.”