Bindlestiff Sideshow Stabbing

12×18″ print available here.

I have always been intrigued by scary clowns, aerialists, and Cirque du Soleil. During the closing act of a raucous troupe called the Bindlestiff Family Circus, I noticed a knot of people clustered around something on the floor. As the crowd was hustled out by Scotty the Blue Bunny, I learned that there had been a stabbing during the final fire-eating act.

I was flabbergasted. The animal in someone had risen up, taken over, and killed a fellow audience member. In a roomful of people, there was not a single witness who realized a crime was being committed. It was just another part of the show for all of them.

In the lower left of this painting, that eyeless, grinning fellow is a Quoilyn, creatures out of my imagination which show up in several of my paintings. Quoilyns are embodiments of greed, avarice and lust, and they delight in all three. This one is dressed for the circus, replete with clown ruff and rubber nose.