THE SIDESHOW OF THE ABSURD
 

Sideshow of the Absurd, 2001-2014, a traveling interactive exhibition.


Designed to function as a traveling carnival as well as a museum exhibit, the "Sideshow" has drawn record-breaking, multi-generational audiences to all of its venues and it has received consistently outstanding reviews. Sideshow has been exhibited all or in part at ten Museums and galleries in the United States.

Pussy Marshmallow as Chamunda, 2013
Oil on Canvas, 91 x 54.5 in.

 
 
         
       
 

THE HUNDRED HEADLESS WOMEN
 



The Hundred Headless Women Cutting Board Wall, 2001-2013.


"The Hundred Headless Women," a wall installation of wood-burned kitchen cutting boards and ironing boards, was originally created in 2001 for "The Torture Museum" in her traveling interactive exhibit, "The Sideshow of the Absurd". Over the years Joseph has added additional pieces as the "Sideshow" and the wall continue to be exhibited. The images come from a wide variety of sources that the artist has collected for decades. They show women in perilous and dangerous situations, but the heroine is always smiling, and she always survives. The name pays homage to Max Ernst's brilliant book of collages and engravings, "The Hundred Headless Woman" from 1929.


 
 
         
       
 

PAINTED BANNERS
 


Painted Banners, 2001-Present.



The Painted Banners were created as part of the installation of "The Sideshow of the Absurd."