I recently finished reading ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen which is written in a memoir style about this would-be veterinarian’s life with the circus. It’s a fiction but many of the anecdotes and references are based on true stories and were retrieved with diligent research on Gruen’s part which encompassed not only reading about stuff but managing to convince circus performers to meet with her and spill the beans. The book takes place in the 1930s which was a hard enough time for America, so you can imagine life on a traveling circus was even worse. However tough it was on humans, it was a lot worse for the animals. The book is a beautiful tale, but it was really difficult for me to read any references to animal cruelty and there are quite a lot. I still would totally recommend it but prepare yourself if you are a big cry baby like me when it comes to animals. Outside of the animals, I have a fascination with circuses and carnivals from the whole life on the road thing, to the human oddities, circus acts, rigged games, peep shows, costumes, poster and train art, etc. I love it. So, all in all I loved this book and it loosely inspired this week’s comic. (The film version will be released later this year).
Check out this incredible artist Alex Queral. His work is 3 dimensional, can you tell from this piece?
Not quite? How about this one:
Sort of? Kind of collage-like? What if I told you this work was made with a discarded phone book, an x-acto knife and some acrylic paint? He is probably best known for his greyscale work focusing on portraits of famous people like this one of Pee Wee Herman where you can really see the phone book characteristics:
This one of Einstein is turned to the side so you can really see the 3 dimensionality and details. Incredible!
My favorite pieces are the ones where the subject is abstract and the features are very exaggerated like this one:
You can see more of Alex Queral’s carved telephone book art here.
I have 3 more pieces to the Love Endures series of art dolls which I’ll be putting up on my art blog soon. Right now I’m battling this rotten flu, so it might be another day or two.
to everyone who came out to the Live Painting Event on the 600 block event. (especially to neal and bethany who gave 2 of my favorite art dolls new homes.)