New York, NY, 2016. Unique artist's book, acid free paper over wood box plus acrylic hand-painted fabric over an inserted box set into interior of larger box, plus pop up card, "The Band Played On" inserted into hand-painted envelope affixed to back panel which slides from envelopes, signed on the back (among other places) panel of box "Sandra Jackman 2016" with the title, THE TELLING, stamped in red and black in various sizes scattered over box, front panel with blank shadow box made of smoke-painted wood, with plastic window box fastens with brass pin and chain through tiny brass hinge. Page size: 8 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches (closed) 16-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (open). Box and interior, including pop-up card on back panel, and interior collage and book in box all imagined and created by Sandra Jackman using mixed media, archival inks, Jade adhesive, wire, beads, and photos, a clay head. The inserted box, titled "Soundwaves Radiate / Alarms Going Off" is removable from nesting place and opens to reveal a narrative poem which also bears the legend, "There is no evidence of this." Beneath the collage on the inside front cover is the text relating the 1965 murder of a Barnum and Bailey clown, Paul Jung, in Manhattan. Barnum and Bailey also features in the 1944 tragic fire at their circus performance in Hartford, CT. The body of a little girl was an unclaimed victim - among the very many child and adult victims. After the 1944 fire, the Barnum and Bailey clown, Paul Jung, created an act called "Fireman Save My Child." His murderer wielded the brass end of a fire hose as his weapon of choice. The artist / author states, "I want to encourage an interplay in the reader's mind between the events / images reflected in THE TELLING. The reader has the opportunity to construct their own conclusions about the incidents from the visual and textual elements that have been introduced. I restricted straightforward narrative in favor of portraying what might seem incongruous and disorienting relationships. This world is filled with plot and sub-plot and implications." She further quotes Joyce Carol Oates, "The ostensible subject out there is but the vehicle or pretext for the ravishing discoveries to be made in here in the act of creating." For Ms. Jackman, "the circus, it seems, is surrounded by an allure of mystery bordering on myth. In the face of misfortune there is the heroic cry of the show must go on." A most unusual and compelling visual statement about the bizarre world of the circus and clowns. (Inventory #: 11160)
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