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Victoria Steel B. 1994
Victoria Steel
B. 1994
Of Earth Heaven and Sea
Charcoal and pastel on paper
11 x 17 inches
Victoria Steel
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
In Hans Christian Anderson’s original tale of The Little Mermaid, the mermaid realizes that by the end of her allotted time on earth, she cannot get the prince to fall in love with her. Her sisters barter with the antagonist (the sea witch) and are given a dagger that the little mermaid must slay the prince with, which will allow the mermaid to live on. Instead of doing this, the mermaid throws herself into the water and dissolves into sea foam. Her newfound soul does not fade, but rather becomes an air wraith that is promised to heaven.

Anderson’s version paints the heroine as a more beautiful, more innocent soul- untouched by jealousy and emitting a love more pure than the will to survive. What may be surprising to most is that Anderson’s original story was written as a heartfelt love letter to a man named Edvard Collin. The story was said to symbolize his inability to have Collin just as a mermaid cannot be with a human.

Victoria Steel spent a fair bit of her early childhood sniffing scented markers and chewing up old crayons.  She found drawing and painting to be her obsessions; and so, Victoria decided to form her passion for art into a career. It was 2012 when she graduated high school and was presented an immediate seat at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis studio. Now an artist studying under the talented trompe l’oeil artist, Anthony Waichulis, Victoria aims to develop a high level of technical skill so she, too, can enjoy drawing and painting realistically.

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