Untitled (A Tremendous, Strange, and Curious Marvel), 2010
Mixed Medium, 41.5" x 29.5"
This work is a companion piece to the 'Lion" painting...
When I worked for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus I was often surrounded by reproductions of classic circus posters. These posters were typically brightly colored and attention grabbing; with artistic liberties taken to make the event grander than it actually was in reality. Despite the ‘bending of facts,’ the imagery provided a level of excitement and enjoyment to the viewer; an experience I would later go on to embody when I worked at Walt Disney World as a character performer.
This painting takes on the appearance of an event banner used for promotion, but it is rather unclear as to what is being advertised. Using a small plush toy as my model, the work combines elements of pageantry and promotion to produce a moment of never-ending anticipation.