|"Damn Everything but the Circus"by Cindy La Ferle|
Early in my journalism career, one of my local newspaper editors asked if I wanted to interview a lion tamer at Detroit's Shrine Circus before the show opened. Of course, I jumped at the rare chance to explore the Big Top behind the scenes. That assignment remains a favorite of mine today.
For all its bright lights and vibrant primary colors, a traveling circus also boasts a darker palette, a legendary cloak of magic and mystery. Think of the great Houdini and his death-defying acts. Think of the autumn carnival in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, with its eerie gypsy fortune teller and sinister parade of clowns.
The pieces shown below are my homage to the mystery and thrill of the circus, past and present.
|"Victoria Fortune's Magic Box" by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Victorian Fortune's Magic Box," detail of assemblage with vintage found objects and carnival doll, by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Damn Everything but the Circus," detail of altered board book by Cindy La Ferle|
|"Damn Everything but the Circus," altered board book by Cindy La Ferle|