The idea for this design was inspired by Matisse, however it is a universal image. After I made it, a lot of people called it "circle of friends" and associated it with the Mexican sculpture of people standing in a circle. I think you were supposed to light a candle in the centre of the circle. Matisse's painting seems to me more reverent or perhaps tribal and the negative space inside the circle almost appears as a skewed heart. Mine looks more like five people doing a community "snoopy" dance. It's a happy image that evokes friendship and celebration. One woman in the By Ward Market in Ottawa thought it was a potato and someone else thought it was a crab. That's art for ya!
This tank top with the
Circle Dancers is modelled
by my friend and renaissance
man Bruce, the motorcyclin',
guitar pickin', harmonica blowin',
photograph takin' chiropractor
and member of the world's coolest
family. Shot on location in
1998 on the beautiful
Southern tip of St. John, USVI.