Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Circus of Sadness"


"Circus of Sadness" (Cirque de la Tristesse)

"The world is a circus if we want it to be. 
The sadness of circuses comes at night. 
Don't get close enough to see the illusion for what it is.  
It is at night when the clowns are sad."

This piece was inspired by a childhood memory of going to the circus. I once saw a clown who had a tear painted on his face. Since then, every time I see a clown, I always look into their eyes to see if there is sadness behind the smile.

Sewing machine drawer covered in hand made papers on the outside and encyclopedia pages on the inside. A tearful clown looks sadly out - a mirror reflects the viewer as they look in. I used wooden drawer pulls for feet, and a crystal drawer pull as the topper. A colorful wooden fish swims casually by and a wind-up music box plays a cheerful tune.


  1. What is it the song says......nothing sadder than the tears of a clown when no ones around? Love your piece:)

  2. Fabulous piece and I love the idea behind it as much as the finished work. penny

  3. What a wonderful way to celebrate a childhood memory. I like how the fish doesn't seem to be contained inside the box.

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  4. I love your Circus of Sadness. I love the red of the box and the fish tail "outside" the box. Great work, great story.