met my cotton candy match at Zurich circus, December 2010
this work was sparked by travel. First seeing a circus in Zurich
in December 2010 and next visiting a toy museum in San Miguel
de Allende in February 2011. Circus
Conelli's one small ring overflowed with talent, skill and
agility. I had difficulty with the Swiss German and relaxed into
watching the body language of the performers and the explosion
of laughter from the crowds. It was such a pleasure to watch the
collective joy. In San Miguel, Museo
La Esquina invited us to observe the "proportion and
disproportion" of the toys. A great way to frame the exaggeration
in some toys, the simplification in others. I've got a real soft
spot for paper mache, paint, glitter and how much beauty can be
made with simple materials.
a lifelong drawer and wanted to celebrate drawing in this circus.
In my professional work, as a graphic
facilitator, I draw in front of large groups for a living.
People approach me as if I'm magical, making these pictures appear
on a blank sheet of paper. It's flattering, but I always remind
folks it's a developed skill. It takes umpteen hours of practice
to make the "show" look so easy. I'm thankful that I
get to do what I love for a living, drawing, in both my professional
work. For me, my heart skips a beat making marks on paper.
you'll enjoy this show and share the joy I feel for drawing, printmaking,
mark making, the play of proportion and disproportion. All the
work here was made with paper, pencil, pens, ink, scissors, glue,
sequins and glitter (a circus needs sparkle) and a Print
Gocco. Gocco is a Japanese silk-screening toy, based on the
word gokko which means "make-believe play." Those materials,
years of practice, some seriously fun work and a passion for drawing
brought you this circus.