Song of the Siren illustrated by jennifer farley

Matters of the Heart is a group exhibition by some of the members of Illustrators Ireland and is currently on show at the United Arts Club, Dublin. The brief for the exhibition was simply to create an illustration or piece of work based on the idea of matters of the heart.

I chose myth of the sirens from ancient Greece. The sirens lured sailors to their death with their enchanting singing and music. My picture is called “The Song of the Tone Deaf Siren” and in this case, they are driving the sailors and ships onto the rocks with their appalling voices.

The painting in the background is Shipwreck off a Rocky Coast, by Wijnand Nuijen, c. 1837. The Rijksmuseum has made thousands of artworks available to the public domain and actively encourage people to use them.

In the past, I have created illustrations of The Kraken and Triton using public domain work from the Rijksmuseum.