I took Thea's advice and opened my giant circus book the other day. It is so full of incredible images that I am beyond words. The photo below of performer Zelda Boden, taken in the 191o's, so intrigued me that I had to do something with it.
I actually painted this picture a couple of weeks ago when my back was at its most sore, and it took a while to get it right. My memory of exactly how and why I connected the headdress to scraps of food packaging has faded. I know that one of my inspirations was the work of the brilliant Rob McHaffie, a Melbourne artist whose work I love, and whose blog I stalk occasionally and write incredibly inane comments. (Intelligence of comment and admiration of work have an inverse relationship as far as I am concerned.)
A print of her is in the shop, by the way.