Sineater

Patricia Constantine's avatar Patricia Constantine Vote Code: 65663

I am a native Floridian. I grew up in the 50’s in St. Petersburg, Florida very close to Sarasota the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.The world of carnivals and freak shows played a huge role in my childhood and my memories. I revisit those memories using a feminist lens. I use the freak show as a signifier for the abject body and a way of examining otherness. My work presents an edgy and disturbing world of gaffs, fakes and unique people. Sineater is a self portrait illustrating my remorse as a college professor for the amount of debt my students must undertake in order to get an education. A sineater is a person paid by a community to eat a meal in order to assume the sins of a person or family. This practice grew out of 18th and 19th Century Scotland. Villagers would lay a piece of bread on the chest of the dying and hire someone to eat the bread. They believed the act of eating the bread would forgive the sins of the dead. No one eats the sins of the sineater. Half of any prize money made from my work in Artprize 2017 will be donated to an undergraduate student or students, depending on the amount after taxes, who are in their final year of college at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: watercolor, charcoal and pastel on paper
  • Width: 90 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 72 inches