Original/ $900/ 12x 20 matted in teal by Steve Schaban at Fast Frame in Minneapolis.
12x18 limited edition reproductions/ $25/ 1.5 border on top, 3 inch on sides weighted paper, limited to 50
Most of her originals are based off a photo or image of some kind- but this Mermaid came to Emily in a dream. The original is on a scrap piece of cardboard that is tall and skinny- so too is this mermaid. Her hair is made from strips of paper twisted around a pencil and then glued into place- this dimensionality is also very apparent on the flat reproductions.
This mermaid’s “Little Mermaid” attire is created by tightly wound red tissue paper stacked on top of each other, and the bottom is made by cutting apart glitter paper and a peacock sticker.
Her dance parter- the dolphin, has hidden words the newspaper clippings like “jumping” and “great heights”- things a dolphin may also do! Spray paint splatters add texture as well as the dimensional circles in the seaweed, raised by thick cord.
This original was one of the first collages finished in 2013. Her skin was done with all different skin colors from different models in magazines- her original “fancy lady.” Completed originals are scanned by Terry at Artist's Resource Group in NE Minneapolis, where his ever-improving technology has paved the way for textured reproductions. Currently EmLavArt's work is available as an original, flat canvas reproductions on gallery wrapped hand-cut bars, or limited-edition archival reproductions.