The carrousel

In searching for a subject that would be both stimulating in appearance and provocative in imaginative response, I selected the Carrousel. In justifying this choice one could reflect on the romantic vision of a baroque menagerie frozen in an eternal posture of action, or how upon ascending on to the saddle of a trusty steed one envisions galloping off into the sunset as the mechanical marvel moves rhythmically in a syncopated beat to a steam calliope. We could also reflect upon the elaborately carved wooden zoo and of its craftsmen who, unfortunately, have not survived into our present day. For my purpose all of the above reasons were persuasive in my choice of this particular subject. In deciding an approach to translate these visual and philosophical perceptions that were encountered during the course of several visits to the carrousel, I realized that the emotional response to the merry-go-round also included the periphery. The mothers, fathers, and relatives were actively involved in the event. It was a participatory situation where no one was a disinterested observer.(See more in text)