Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rockford Artist Redefines Mermaids

Quick. Close your eyes and imagine what a mermaid looks like. Did you imagine a a curvy figure with long, flowing hair and blue or green eyes? 

I wouldn't blame you if you did. After all, that's how mermaids have been depicted from the beginning of the human experience. Alluring and sexy, yet capable of transforming into terrifying monsters. I'll leave it to the Freudians among us to advance a hypothesis about that. 

But one Rockford artist sees it differently. Jenny Mathews, of The Rockford Illustrating Company, has created a bold and original new collection of hand-drawn mermaids that represent women in every shape, form, age, and personality you can imagine. These drawings challenge the age-old stereotypes of the female form, and what is considered desirable. The mermaids depict fishes indigenous to rivers, lakes, and streams in the Midwest. 

The maiden bluegill 

The Walleye Crone

In all Mathews has cataloged seventeen different mermaids. Done in the style of classic fish illustrations, this series of fun psudo-scientific field studies, depicts seventeen freshwater mermaids such as the "Lass Perch", the "Maiden Bluegill" and the gregarious "Mississippi Queen Catfish". Great for any mermaid lover or fisherman.

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