Carnival

Katharine Harvey: Merry Go Round I, 2012

Merry Go Round I

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

42 x 52.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Ferris Wheel IV Capsules, 2012

Ferris Wheel IV Capsules

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

52.5 x 42 inches

Katharine Harvey: Ferris Wheel III Drips, 2012

Ferris Wheel III Drips

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

52.5 x 42 inches

Katharine Harvey: Ferris Wheel I, 2012

Ferris Wheel I

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

52.5 x 42 inches

Katharine Harvey: Ferris Wheel II, 2012

Ferris Wheel II

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

52.5 x 42 inches

Katharine Harvey: Octopussy, 2012

Octopussy

2012

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Kitsch, 2012

Kitsch

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

42 x 52.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Wild Ride IV white, 2012

Wild Ride IV white

2012

acrylic on canvas on board

42 x 52.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Wild Ride III, 2011

Wild Ride III

2011

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Wild Ride II, 2011

Wild Ride II

2011

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Wild Ride I, 2011

Wild Ride I

2011

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship V, 2010

Starship V

2010

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship VI, 2010

Starship VI

2010

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship VII, 2010

Starship VII

2010

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship IV, 2010

Starship IV

2010

acrylic on board

45 x 36 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship I, 2009

Starship I

2009

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship II, 2009

Starship II

2009

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

Katharine Harvey: Starship III, 2010

Starship III

2010

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

With their gravity defying acts, whirling midways are musical and riotous summertime attractions. Fairground spectacles capture our imagination year after year as communities celebrate with raucous displays of multi-coloured decor. The neon contraptions play with the tantalizing line between fantastical enjoyment and unbridled destruction. The origins of fairground carousels date back to ancient Arabian and Turkish traditions of horsemanship. Riders competed against each other by galloping toward a small metal ring suspended from a high pole, trying to spear the ring. Related displays of colourful wheels are found in Mexican culture where brightly costumed men rotate on ropes around a tall castello pole. Similarly in Tibetan Buddhist culture, cosmograms which are spinning structures of coloured thread are constructed and then burned for celebratory rituals. I am interested in imbuing objects with deeper magical meanings, that is, looking at midway rides as a modern day form of the prayer wheel.