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battista’s sideshow reminds us that we are all living curiosities

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

See the entire circus series here and her bio here

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