Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Carousel is a series of oil paintings inspired by my seven year old
daughter, as well as my work towards becoming a childhood educator. My
aim with this project is to explore the performative and ritualistic nature of
children’s play: focusing on the creative ways children stretch and reshape
their reality through imagined play narratives. Upon the carousel’s stage,
children select a character and take part in a performed ritual. I’ve long felt
connected to the visual vocabulary found within baroque and renaissance
styles, and I am fascinated by the mixture of amusement, tradition,
religion, and distortion imbued within the world of carnival and circus.
Maniscalco, Erik, "Carousel: Performance and Ritual of a Child's Play" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.