8X10 print in 11X14 mat.
Fishbone Elixir by David Delamare
By David Delamare
This is one of a handful of paintings that I’ve kept for myself. It’s my nod to the vaudeville mermaid. I was inspired by 19th century engravings of theatrical productions in which actresses are pulled across the stage in a variety of wheeled contraptions. I’ve always had a fondness for deliberately artificial stagecraft, such as that used in Victorian theater and the silent films of Georges Méliès. One of my favorite devices is the manufactured wave (achieved through a variety of methods). I once had an opportunity to explore these notions directly—when I designed the sets for the American Premier of Trevor Nunn’s “Peter Pan” for the Northwest Children’s Theatre. For the production we created a swimming sequence that was charming and funny in its artifice.