Gemma Silvestre‘s most prominent series entitled Sirens has pulled us deep underwater, attracted by dabbled light and Pre-Raphaelite beauties, only to come up gasping for breath under the hot Spanish sun. Freedom is her inspiration and also her motive as Gemma submerges herself in ‘the house of the fish’, free from the constraints of life, transported back to a time when all one needed to have fun were the waves and a little imagination. When I met up with Gemma to discuss this series and the experiences and projects that brought her here she subconsciously, for a moment, reminded me of a time when I collected mermaid’s purses and mermaids really did exist, only later to discover that these ‘purses’ were in fact the cases of fish eggs. Not quite so appealing. If only we didn’t have to wake from this dream. Take a look and let yourself slip into a state of nostalgia. T: Roberta Phillips.