Fiji Mermaid

I have not worked in my art journal for weeks.  This time of year is just busy to a crazily hectic degree.  I decided to grab some little pockets of time over the past few days to produce an illustration in my art journal.  I decided to work on an Art Journal Adventure prompt that I had missed.  Last week’s prompt was “clown”.  That was never going to happen given that I am a massive coulrophobe so I pondered the broader prompt, which was circus.  My clown phobia is actually tied up in a milder phobia of circuses.  However, I have an interest in the history of sideshows and “freaks” so that was the avenue my creative imagination wandered down.  I have illustrated the Pig-Faced Lady of Manchester Square before in my art journal and this time I intended to draw another favourite “freak”, Lionel the Dog-Faced Boy.  However, I was so short on art time that I decided to produce a much simpler and more whimsical illustration.  I, therefore, chose to depict a version of the Fiji Mermaid.  This was a curiosity exhibited by PT Barnum as the mummified remains of a mermaid when it was actually the head and torso of a monkey stitched onto the tail of a fish.  This is just a simple ink drawing coloured with a very loose wash of watercolour.

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16 thoughts on “Fiji Mermaid

  1. Your mermaid made me burst out in laughter. The whole concept of a mermaid with a monkey’s head is just so absurd–“whimsical” is the perfect description of your drawing, from the smile on its face to its curlicue ears to its outrageously long tresses. I love it.

  2. Love your interpretation – definitely whimsical. However, I clicked on the link to the Fiji Mermaid and that might have put me off any type of mermaid for a LONG time.

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