Beautiful Carnival (Series I)

Beautiful Carnival captures the beauty and strangeness of shows and carnivals, the uniqueness of peripheral cultures that revolve around these events and their artifacts, as they virtually remain unchanged through time. Each object is visually anchored through repeated societal engagement in these events from early childhood through to adulthood- embedding these artifacts in collective, social memory. Deeper symbology and archetypes emerge from these objects and can be further explored as perception distorts or shifts through the transitions of personal, lifetime experience. The common and known are recognized on a less superficial level and reveal a change in perception of these objects as collective memory supports a shift in personal reality- creating a bridge between what Jung entitled the Personal and the Collective unconscious.

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