This painting depicts a green-haired woman in a white floral gown in a beach landscape. The figure appears to be leaving the pictorial frame of the painting through an opening in a fence. She is surrounded by two mermaids—one of which grasps a sword—alongside a cast of beach-dwelling creatures.
The artist's work frequently depicts female figures in fantastical scenes that contain hints of nefarious magic. However, McKendrick's use of both the fantastic and the absurd barely obscures the heavy symbolism in her work. The artist is a fluent colorist, combining fruity, saturated hues to produce a discordant sweetness—hinting at the emotional realities that undergird her compositions. McKendrick's enigmatic, narrative scenes hover between whimsy and the macabre, merging playful daydreams with fantasy.
Alissa McKendrick frequently depicts the female figure in her paintings—enigmatic, semi-narrative scenes that unfold against fields of emotive color. The artist’s compositions hover between whimsy and the macabre, merging playful daydreams with nightmares. McKendrick is a fluent colorist, combining a light, painterly touch with fruity, saturated hues to produce a discordant and cutting sweetness.