I wanted to start introducing figures into some of my paintings to add another narrative. Ursula is a character I remember vividly from my childhood after having her featuring very prodominantly in a recurring dream.
Ursula is the main villan from the Disney adaptation of The Little Mermaid. A villainous sea witch who tricks a mermaid into trading her voice for a pair of human legs. Ursula’s design was inspired by several different sea creatures, including manta rays and scorpion fish before deciding on a octopus. Her appearance was also inspired by American actor and drag queen Divine. Themes of this character include body positivity, defying typical beauty standards, feminism, power.