Ida is compromised of three mermaid tails installed
in the LaundryZone in Los Angeles’ Mid City
Mermaids are a kind of pre-gender or genderless
archetype, a representation of a chimeric
existence that I feel we each take on as different
environmental pressures effect transformations.
When they are presented as female, mermaids
bring up many questions of mobility, not only in a
physical sense, but also ones around agency.
Ariel for example gave up her voice to walk on land.
This kind of psychological voice loss is mirrored in
Freuds, Ida Bauer, who was one of the first recorded
cases of female hysteria.
Hysteria, as we all know is not necessarily real, and
yet the trope of hysterical woman, persists.