The notion of the inverted mermaid usually comes up as something of a joke, Hannah Yata's gorgeous and grotesque paintings give us lovely ladies with fish for heads while evoking mythology, Renaissance era painting, and beauty and monstrosity of the natural world. Artful nudity and fish vomit below.

Yata has more odd aquatic paintings on her website and in her deviantART gallery, each piece a fascinating blend of aesthetically appealing and the off-putting.

[Hannah Yata via Ian Brooks]