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Sideshow Art

Sideshow Art by Carrie Battista

Traveling sideshows have always fascinated me. I feel that living the artist’s lifestyle parallels that of the performers on display - alienated, nomadic and continually on exhibit. I frequently find myself being the subject of observation as I make my work. 

Using precious metal leaf, I gild the interior wall of my glass tents and scratch drawings into the surface. Applying reverse painting techniques, I seal the metals from tarnishing or deteriorating while at the same time adding color. Inside each tent is a mirror distorting the viewer’s image to match the remarkable characteristic of that particular performer. My intention is for viewers to see themselves inside the tents and realize that we are all living curiosities.


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