The circus is coming to
town. With bright, bold, colourful and
vigorous strokes of the brush, Wendy Moses brings into existence
the everyday life of wandering bands of mysterious circus folk as
they work their way from town-to-town.
concept or idea came from my desire to add a whole new dimension
to my painting by using installations,” says Wendy who is known
for her energetic abstract paintings. Three large installations
show the circus arriving in the dead of night and setting up, the
performances and finally the journey on to the next stop. Other
paintings capture the liveliness of circus life.
exhibition pushed Wendy out of her artistic comfort zone as she
had to problem solve how to create the look and feel of a circus
within the borders of paint and canvas. “I had to work harder at
creating these pieces, says Wendy who was introduced to art by her
grandmother, Alexandra Luke, a member of the Painters Eleven that
was established in 1953 and then was formally trained at the New
School of Art in Toronto, the University of Toronto, Sheridan
College and Nipissing University.
challenges were designing and building boxes to hold the
paintings, to imagine the whole feeling of a circus with flags on
the ceiling, paintings on the walls and installations on the
floor, then painting everything, not too abstract yet in the
design of my work,” explains Wendy.
am looking forward to this show that has taken on a life of its
own,” remarks Wendy. “It brings together joy, laughter, the
sound of music and excitement. I am hoping the viewer will
experience these feelings too and let their imagination run wild,
become a child again and just have fun.”