Exploring The Mermaid Archetype in Art
Carol Margreither Mainardi is a professional artist who lives in Pennsylvania. She has continued to explore the archetypal Mermaid as a metaphor for her own journey as a woman. Her recent collage series and illustrations capture the openness Mermaids face by being trapped in two worlds.
Mermaids are stargazing, floating, and longing through her expression in drawings on paper or prints with fabric, tough leather, or manta ray skin tails. The artist uses Lumiere metallic and pearlescent colors, oil and acrylic, and hand- marbled paper to create the Mermaid’s environment.
Mainardi is also the sole proprietor of Prints and Books. She is also involved with professional conservation of books, artwork on paper, museum quality housing of artifacts, and gallery displays. She offers individual and group instruction in the areas of bookbinding, printmaking, and decorative papers.
Her passion for books began when she earned her BFA in printmaking from William Paterson University in 1991. From 1985-1990 she gained her love of the book arts and graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Her clients include; Simon & Schuster, New York Botanical Garden, Sony, and lovers of fine art and books in the metropolitan area. She is currently holding a position as Communications Chair of the New York Guild of Bookworkers.
In 1996 she was chosen as Director of, The Gallery, Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes. Carol’s farsighted dedication to the Gallery is reflected in its’ mission statement: “Since the 1960’s the Gallery at the Presbyterian Church has embodied the church’s commitment to the belief that the arts are a vital expression of the human spirit”. Following in the same spirit of community, in 1998 she was involved with the Kinnelon Library Children’s Services managing the children’s special programs.
Banner Image: Tale, detail, woodcut, 8” x 18”.
Visit Carol Margreither Mainardi’s website: www.Bythecpress.com