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Big Top Series

With the recent closure of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the word circus is changing from a noun to something merely descriptive that many people will have no experience of.   It is useful in describing many situations and perhaps current events.  An actual circus in the historic sense of three rings, animals, stunts and clowns, may have become something of the past.

The imagery, the craziness, the improbability of the circus have always intrigued me since I was a kid and noticed that when off-stage, clowns weren’t very nice.  Worse yet, some were scary.

This series plays with and reinvents some of that imagery.  Animals piled on top of other animals, people jumping through the air and clowns whose behavior is unknown, but at least aren’t scary.


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