Retired wardrobe from New York City Opera, stainless steel rings, monofilament, artificial roses, prop knife and hardware.
120h x 72w x 72d in
One of the most notorious women in opera, the willful and fiercely independent Carmen is the ultimate operatic gypsy. In this sculpture, the gold fabric of Carmen’s Spanish-style gypsy dress appears tough as armor, glinting between ruffles of black polka dotted tulle. The dress is pulled in all directions so it appears puffed-out and spiky, like a blowfish. Here, it is Carmen—not Don Jose—who wields the bloody knife, warning that “Love is a rebellious bird” and staying true to her word.