Lurid Illustrations: Juan Cabana
Don’t you love those bizarre magazines that strive to prove certain supernatural and mythical entities exist? Think Ripley’s, or those publications back in the day whose pictures and articles would either strike awe or scare a soul senseless. Even recently, there’s been a big debate on Animal Planet, Discovery and the likes on whether finned humanoids roam the depths of our oceans or not. In 2003, the Weekly World News had released articles, revealing sightings of mermaid and mermen remains.
Convincing for some, and otherwise rubbish for others, no one can deny the realism present in these corpses.
So the question remains–where are these dead mermaids and mermen coming from?
Strolling along the sandy beaches of Florida is none other than Juan Cabana. The dehydrated mermaid he comes across is actually his artwork, and he’s been creating cadaverous fish-folk sculptures since 2001. Enamored by the beauty and grace of these creatures, Cabana’s main mission is to expose us to the less glorious depiction of mermaids, mermen and other humanoid entities. Rather, these beings that supposedly thrive in the depths of the ocean, hiding from human eyes for centuries, instill a fresh perspective on life in the oceans.
Juan Cabana’s work incorporates authentic fish skins, teeth and scales. He’s created dozens of sculptures both human-sized and miniature, and have been featured in countless papers, magazines, and even on the Sci-Fi channel. Cabana has sold several pieces already, including his 2008 piece “Nerina” seen in the video. The 7-foot Mer was sold for a whopping $10,000. His portfolio is available to view on his website, The Feejee Mermaid. You are also welcome to send him questions and comments to him.
If you ask me, these versions of Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian are infinitely superior to Disney’s rendition.