Cuff from Boudoir Queen A hundred years ago, the circus was the largest entertainment industry the world had ever seen. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils, strapping superheroes and scantily clad starlets, fearless animal trainers, and startling ‘freaks’ gripped the imagination, outshining theatre and ultimately paved the way for film and television.
Headdress by Sansa 222
Although we may not agree with the practices of the old circuses, it is the spirit of the circus that lives on. It’s a romantic vision of escapism and dark glamour. Today this spirit mingles with that of gothic and steampunk providing a platform for the weirdly wonderful. Some artists imbibe this spirit in their work and even in the text that accompanies this work. Here are a few.
The Ringleader’s Elephant Photo by The Stapelia Company
Vixen Acrobats in spun cotton by Vintage by Crystal
Amazing Eunice and Her Trusty Circus Cat print from Amber Alexander
Victor the Strong Man from Sayraphim
Julia Loopty Art Doll from Loopy Boopy
The past is .... a wonderful container of revelations. It is filled with ingredients that both delight and dismay. In the interests of truth and accuracy, it is best to contemplate them all: the good and the bad, the heroic and the shameful – the moments to celebrate and cherish alongside those to deplore and regret. In the breadth of our understanding of this vast human story lie both an escape from deception and a fighting chance for improvement, restitution and growth. Dr Raymond Evans, Historian, Griffith University