Mermaid Mother explores the authors memory of being left on the beach as her mother went for a long swim. To prevent her from following she made up a story that she was going to swim with the mermaids. But every time that her mother immersed herself in the sea she believed she would disappear.
The book uses bible paper and french folding to create a sense of fragility while alas obscuring the full imagery, it aims to evoke in the materiality of the book the emotional state conveyed by the author of her experience. Annalaura’s work explores the potential of visual storytelling in relationship to personal memories, imagination and works of literature. With her practice she confronts the liminal space that exists between the real and the fantastic, the autobiographic and the fictional, with an interest in mythology and the fairy tales. Central to her work lies an investigation around the relationship between text and the photographic image.
Photography by Annalaura Palma
180 x 270mm
Pages: Offenbach Bible 80gsm
Pages: Naturalis Absolute White Matt 135gsm