My name is Eliana Dunlap. I’m 25 years old. For the moment I live in Chicago, IL, USA. I’m a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in the circus arts. Art is how I try to make sense of the world because, let’s be real, most of the time it doesn’t make sense. In my work I like to imagine how I want the world to be and try to will that world into existence by creating art that would exist in that world.
A few things about me: I live a nomadic life and like it most of the time. I love long train rides, stormy weather, and pine forests. I like to cook, especially for other people. I’m a night owl. My favorite time of day is early morning. I like standing on chairs because it makes me feel tall. I like flat graphic art like Japanese block prints and those old school national park posters. I like to watch anime. I’m a slow reader. My favorite author is Daniel Quinn. I care about the planet and the climate crisis more than most things and sometimes I struggle to reconcile that with my nomadic life. Being a circus artist makes me feel both powerful and fragile at the same time. I love my dog.
Lately my work has been focusing on bringing together social and environmental justice and circus and tackling these issues from a cultural values perspective. I’m currently working on several projects surrounding this topic: High Stakes, a performance collaboration between myself and David Chervony; Changing the World and Other Circus Related Things, a podcast about circus, social justice and the environment; and the Circus Action Network, a collaborative platform that facilitates discussion, shares resources and encourages sustainable, inclusive and diverse practices in the circus arts. You can find more info about these projects as well as my performance and visual art portfolios within the pages of this website. I hope you check them out. If you have any questions, feedback, want to collaborate or just want to say hi, please get in touch, I’m always happy to hear from you.
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