oil on canvas, 12″ x 9″ || purchase painting || purchase prints
This piece was created for the exhibit A Circus Show & Other Atrocities at A Bitchin’ Space Gallery in Sacramento, CA. The exhibit juxtaposed the dark, painful lives of performing animals with the fun, amusing atmosphere of the carnival. In doing research for my contribution, I found some incredibly disturbing video footage of elephants being stabbed with hooks by their trainers. I had to approach the piece from an angle that I could relate to, so in addition to an elephant, circus tents, whips, and other more literal references, my tortured animal’s pain is masked by a vibrant splash of drag-queen make-up mimicking that of the ominous clownish, drag queen/ringmaster face looming in the background.
from the Political series