Robert Fabelo is an internationally renowned Cuban artist. He has a varied portfolio, but today we’re going to talk about his mermaids.
Fabelo has produced dozens of works depicting mermaids. Several images are included after the break. Somewhat NSFW.
Why are we looking at these? Well, first, because a recent de-lurker asked us to. Also, because I can’t find a consensus on their interpretation. What little I’ve found has been in rather stark disagreement with itself. So put your skeptic hats on and be critical thinking critics.
How can we interpret the mermaids of Robert Fabelo? Are they misogynist objectification? Feminist iconography? Socio-political commentary? The expression of an unusual fetish? A comment on his mother-in-law’s cooking?