Hearts Desire
Kristina Vanous

Hearts Desire



Title: Hearts Desire
Year: 2010
Size: 45.72x60.96 cm
Technique: charcoal under-layer and Prismacolor chalk pastels on Canson paper.
Print available on Giclee on Hahnemuehle German Etching 310gsm Art Paper. Limited edition (of 150).

Upon first glance, she is a sight for sore eyes with dreamy eyes, enticing figure and smooth flesh. Many might mistake her as merely a beautiful maiden in the sea. But as one looks closer, the mammalian tail fin is most definitely attached and it appears as though her webbed fingers contain the smallest remains of blood in her nail beds. Perhaps an earlier fish meal? Or maybe she fought off a shark as dolphins and whales are known to do. What do you think? Contemplate, as she listens for the heartbeat of a crew-member. Is this siren the apparition of a lonely wish come true? Is she the kind of creature that would rescue your poor soul in a time of peril? Or is she a malevolent being that plans to lure you in with her beauty, only to take you away with her into unknown realms... never to be seen or heard from again? Either way, you will fall madly in love with her.