Following the success of Travelling Circus the second touring set was made to accommodate the growing demand for Sharmanka’s more “compact” work.
The bottom Singer machine is very special – it was presented to Sharmanka by textile designer Claire Higney who had used it to make her very first works as a student at Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s.
WINTER TUNA FISHING IN THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS
The Singer sewing machine at the bottom was made in the 1920s and used by Jim Stirling in his shoe repair shop from 1975-2000. Sharmanka purchased it form him on eBay.
HIS MASTER’S VOICE
The horse is made from a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine; the gramaphone is a HMV replica and the toy cupboard is early twentieth century Russian.
THE SECRET LIFE OF ARTISTS
The figures on the old cartwheel are Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Leornardo da Vinci, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau and Niko Pirosmanashvili. The masochist at the bottom tortures himself with a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine.
THE APPLE EATERS
The horse is made from an industrial apple-peeler, “Bonanza”, made in the USA in 1876. It spent most of its life at the factory of Leyfield in Liverpool, helping to make fruit mince-meat to fill pies for Christmas. Thanks to Roy Grisedale who saved it from oblivion.
THE LIFE OF A CLOWN
GOTHIC KINETIC HAS VISITED…
2013 – 20-21 Gallery, Scunthorpe, England
2011 – Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
2010 – An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
2009 – “Lille 3000”, Lille, France
2009 – “Les Folies”, Maubeuge, France
2009 – London International Mime Festival, England
2009 – Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, England