hard & soft
graceful, breath, extension, strong, bronze, brass,
confident, proud, risqué
A vaudevillian Strong Woman & trapeze artist,
Charmion queered up Victorian era gender presentations
in her abundant displays of muscle, skin & moxie.
She scandalized the stage by performing a
‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’,
in which, between incredible displays of
strength, grace & endurance,
she disrobed down to her corset & pantalettes.
You can still witness this tantalizing performance as it was documented in one of Edison’s premier motion pictures: ‘Charmion 1901’
present here, an 1890’s era, Circus Arts advertisement-style poster explored within a life-size, sculptural tapestry vignette; Charmion poses graceful & defiant moments after her spectacle of opulently plumed, mesmerizing musculature.
Created for an upcoming installation called ‘Gay Wax Museum’ during Austin Texas’s OUTsider festival, which highlights queer and or gender defiant persons within the LGBTQIA history, present & future.
This multi-dimensional installation diorama measures 8‘ tall & 4.5’ wide, and is created with fabric, gatorboard, illustration, paint & inspiration.