10″ x 10″ Mixed Media on birch panel
I found the head for Jack, and thought it held a sort of twin peaks mystery. It began life as a pin for someone’s lapel. I cannot imagine who would have worn it. I removed the pin back and painted a couple of layers of thin gesso over the face to tone down the very bright paint job. A whole story began evolving as I created the “circus” background with scraps of torn paper, junk mail envelopes, and other junk mail finds. Once I had a tent like background and a night sky with stars I added Jack’s head, I decided to add the starbuck’s halo, but blocked out bucks and just left the word star. I did a quick sketch of Jack as a boy looking through a junk mail window, that was when I realized that Jack had changed his name to Jacques when he found his boyhood dream of joining the circus a reality! I had done a sketch years ago in one of my journals of a sad clown standing on an eye and I thought it seemed right for Jack too. I sketched him out on deli paper,cut him out and glued him down and painted his costume. I already had his hands, I don’t know where I got them, they were clips that had a ring on them for suspenders I think. I took the backs off and wired them on for Jack’s hands, then I painted on some suspenders for him with tiny hands at his waist. Jack’s hands are a very shiney chrome, kind of difficult to photograph. Down at the bottom is a very little boy riding a gear wheel – maybe jack as a very young child? Of course the cards in the upper right are jacks. Jack wears an american clock face on the front of his trousers with a brass pendulum attached to a clock gear. I like that his expression is a bit hesitant. He is the star of carnival!