Anna Jane McIntyre’s love of the nighttime spectacle, cheap glamour, the complexity of being human, lights and action has resulted in an obsession with the circus arts. Her work explores animism, social behaviour, movement, the imagined, notions of balance and the powerful allure of the asymmetrical.
The Circus & The Pimp’s Jalopy is a multimedia installation set in the theatre-like scene of a shadowy forest clearing. Using a collage of clichéd pop culture experiences (circus waltzes, crowd sounds, popcorn smells, costumed performers) to quickly communicate a carnival atmosphere. The piece works to create a space that is both achingly familiar and unsettlingly foreign. Objects and performers repeat strange behavioural loops using familiar items in new contexts. What can it all mean? How does perception structure experience? This work seeks to intrigue viewers into a heightened sense of the present as they become conscious discerners of their immediate surroundings.
Anna Jane McIntyre is a multidisciplinary artist of mixed Trinidadian-British ancestry with an art practice based in print media and installation. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she majored in printmaking and completed her MFA in studio arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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