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It all Begins With…

Hans Christian Andersen's 1830’s “The Little Mermaid.”  After saving a prince from drowning, a mermaid princess embraces a life of extreme self-sacrifice to win his love and gain an immortal soul. Our littlest mermaid desperately wants the love of a human prince, so she may share his immortal soul and live eternally. For mermaids only live 300 years and then die by return to the ocean as sea foam. Here, she is in the deep depths of the ocean. Her bioluminescent hair floats idly around her shoulders as she ponders what it is like to live up above with the fish that fly in the air. Do the humans also dance up above? Do they sing?

Join Ashly Lovett in her illustrative adaptation of H.C. Andersen’s dark tragedy “The Little Mermaid.”

 
Exquisite and darkly sublime, her work is a marvel of tone and atmosphere. Yet the serene and lovingly rendered pastel belie a razor-edged strength and a deadly elegance.

Read the foreword written by the award winning illustrator for the Dark Crystal series Cory Godbey.

“A particular feeling washed over me the first time I laid eyes on Ashly’s work. And it’s a feeling I’ve struggled to name to this day. Exquisite and darkly sublime, her work is a marvel of tone and atmosphere. Yet the serene and lovingly rendered pastel belie a razor-edged strength and a deadly elegance. Ashly’s work is transportive. With ease, she guides the viewer from the familiar world to one dappled in a strange light. That world is steeped in a kind of bewitched nostalgia. There’s nothing mawkish or wistful there, rather, Ashly’s haunting portraits feel like a pang of remembrance, the shudder which comes from recalling a forgotten memory at long last. 

With ‘The Little Mermaid’, Ashly invites us to stand alongside her and watch a storm sweep across a moonlit beach, to feel the lash of a cold ocean, and respond to the pull of a darkening tide. And it’s that pull in her work, like an undertow of perilous beauty mingled with sorrow, which beguiles at every turn.

It reflects, in the contemplative sense of the word, in the way it gently asks you to stop and consider. It also reflects like a mirror, exposing elemental human fears to the beholder: darkness, separation, and deep water. And yet through it all echoes the other side of the song: selflessness, sacrifice, and love. This fantastic swirl of emotions, enchantment and melancholy, which Ashly balances so well with her work are on full display in this book. Like looking through ripples in water and catching a glimmer of something beloved but you dare not reach because you never know just what else lies beneath the surface.

Move toward the light and the shadow on the crashing waves.

Take a deep breath of salty air and sink into a familiar story now seen through new, luminous eyes.”

 
“The Little Mermaid” book was 217% funded on Kickstarter July 1st, 2019. With 250+ backers, I’m happy to see my dream project come true. Pre-order now until Sept 5th.

“The Little Mermaid” book was 217% funded on Kickstarter July 1st, 2019. With 250+ backers, I’m happy to see my dream project come true. Pre-order now until Sept 5th.

Trade Edition:
6x9 hardcover book with a gold foil stamped cloth cover.
Very nice 200msg paper that display rich contrast and beautiful detail. It will be printed with the amazing people over at Art Order.

Collector’s Edition:
8x11 archival lay-flat coffee table book.
Giclee pages on thick fine art matte paper and the lay-flat design displays the artwork beautifully with no gutter. The cover is handmade paper made with archival soy dyes and a silver stamped hardcover. I’m working with a local print company, which uses eco-friendly and sustainable resources to produce all their products. Everything is handmade with great care and a personal touch in their shop here in the US just a 10 min drive from my house. I’ll be there for the whole printing process.

 

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