When I was studying art we were given a project with the theme of dissection. It was a quick project for two weeks, and I decided to look at symbols in art, dissect them essentially and create a piece based on this theme. I looked at the Heironymus Bosch painting “Ship of Fools”. I find Heironymus Bosch paintings to be fascinating, with the nightmarish apocalyptic scenes loaded with symbolism. I have often wondered if this could have relevance to our society today? As I progressed with the project I concentrated on two areas - lust and gluttony. I created a large peice which was made from wax and fruit in the shape of the female form. The outcome was a little bit too conceptual for me but here it is. Two pages from my sketchbook and images of the piece.
May I introduce the “The Last Show on Earth“. The last show on Earth is an apocalyptic circus with the theme of the seven deadly sins. As the circus travels it tells tales of the end of the world. Would you like to see the act of pride? Meet the Lady Gula or feel the wrath of Ira. After the show you may be rewarded with a plague. What ever happens it will be a show one will never forget.
I have finished creating two characters based on this theme.
Mr Bob Memento Mori
Mr Bob Memento Mori performs the Dance of Death. He cries ‘Your riches won't help you here, I shall take you by the hand, for you must join my dance‘. During one performance he lost his scythe. When he asked if anyone had seen his scythe, for some reason people were rather non forth coming, I cannot think why.
Doctor Mors Mortis
If you hear the tap tap of a cane, smell a heavy scent of aromatic herbs while a low whispering voice sings ring a ring of roses, then beware! Doctor Mors Mortis is on his way. He will use various methods to cure you, such as wrapping you up in a blanket drenched in cold water, unleashing pigeons to treat your swellings, or applying leeches. If he prods you with his cane, then maybe all is not well and you will soon be seeing Mr Bob Memento Mori.
If you would like to meet these two handsome fellas you can find them at all my characters' favourite haunt - Etsy.
Your's From the Circus