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.
“The simurgh is depicted in Iranian art as a winged creature in the shape of a bird, gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. It appears as a peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion”-Wikipedia
It wasn’t uncommon for ancient people to find the fossilized bones of extinct animals. They usually didn’t understand these bones were from an extinct animal and no longer exists. For example, dinosaur bones were found and the myth of dragons came about. It’s likely that this mythical creature came from bones of an upright dinosaur.