Carrie Battista’s glass circus tents represent the sideshow performers that she feels most connected to as a glass artist who is often observed while she manipulates the hot, molten medium.
The Elephant Tent, blown glass, verre eglomise
16” x 11” x 11”
The Elephant Tent, back
Battista gilds the interior wall of the glass tents with precious metal leaf and scratches drawings into the surface. Each tent also houses a mirror that distorts the viewer’s image. Spectacular.
The Itty Bitty Lady Tent, blown glass, verre eglomise
12” x 8” x 8”
The Itty Bitty Lady Tent, back
“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. With the hot shop as my stage I am forced into the role of the performer, leaving me feeling self-conscious and exposed.” Carrie Battista
Come and See!, blown glass, 22k gold, paint, fabric
18″ x 12″ x 12″
Come and See Too!, blown glass, 22k gold, paint, fabric
24″ x 12″ x 12″
Come and See Too! detail
“My intention is for viewers to see themselves inside the tents and realize that we are all living curiosities.” Carrie Battista