Osterich

This was a series of paintings I created at ECU for my senior show, the series was based on how mythological animals came about through descriptions. Back in the dark ages all information was based on word of mouth, if a person saw an animal they were not familiar with the easiest way to describe it to someone else is to build a picture with parts of animals that they did know. For example, if you were trying to describe an elephant to someone who had never seen one before it could be described as a giant animal with a long snake nose, bat ears and legs like tree trunks. Scribes at the time would draw pictures of the supposed animal with large inaccuracies that would later be turned into a mythological creature. To capture the description of separate animal parts I painted onto multiple canvas of different sizes and hung them accordingly.

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This piece was created by my own interpretation of a modern animal, to show how easy it is to accidently create a mythological animal. An animal with the head of a bird, a snake neck, a goose breast, a tortoise shell body, a fish tail, and long deer legs. What animal could I be describing?

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An osterich

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