Shadow Circus: The Art of Kirsten Stingle and Lorraine Glessner.
“Shadow Circus” brings to light the inner stories and dialogues people have with themselves. Kirsten Stingle of Atlanta and Lorraine Glessner of Philadelphia use art as a means to depict struggle and transition. Stingle, a nationally recognized ceramist, combines distinctive, hand-built porcelain figures with discarded relics to create a narrative that engages viewers in this age of individual isolation. Glessner’s fiber and encaustic paintings are richly layered, requiring viewers to go deep within to understand what their shadow side is trying to tell them.
Interestingly, during the exploration of light and shadow I have found myself focusing on the themes that may characterize our life, such as ambition, secrecy, balance, grace, etc. …. Rather than examine the ideas through the context of a story, I have instead found myself creating individual characters that embody and symbolize these themes, but in a way that identifies the benefits and pitfalls inherent in each. I see these figures as internal guides that we can reach out to as needed.
Shadow Circus: The Art of Kirsten Stingle and Lorraine Glessner: