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U990.14.1069
Artist / Maker : Thomas, Roy
Title : Merman
Date (Execution) : 1984
Geographical Origin : Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Image of merman at center with one fish above and below on blue background.
Accession # : U990.14.1069
Width (cm) : 63.40
Height (cm) : 48.10
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "The Merman represents the Life Force. Water is necessary to life, it gives us life; yet water, by itself, without the fish and plants which live in it, seems plain or empty. Most of what happens in the water, under the water is still unknown to us. Some things, like rock paintings near the shore are reclaimed by water as the waves gradually wash it away. The Merman lives in the water and brings life to us by, for example, herding fish to the net. I painted the Merman to make people stop and appreciate the wonders of water." - Roy Thomas