Flying Monkey Arts’ guest artist Grand Mistress of Kitsch, Cindy Small and her latest creations will be on view in the Barking Monkey Vortex Studio 270, second floor south from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Cindy spent most of her lifetime in New Orleans surrounded by the eccentricities, glamour, over-the-top Mardi Gras balls, bouffant wigs, sequins, hot glue, and lots of marabou— preferably turquoise. Coming from a place where more is never enough, she was disheartened when studying for her Master’s Degree at Tulane University that there was no Drag Queen 101 course offered, and so studied Historic Preservation.
Cindy’s colorful, exciting world came to a screeching halt in June 2015, when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Creating art became her therapy for surviving radical surgery and chemo. The beautiful fabrics of the turbans she wore after losing her hair, sequins, and other discarded Mardi Gras treasures, found their way into her Voodoo Dolls and Critters. Each one has an individual personality, a smudge of red lipstick, mani-pedi, and of course a turban. These dolls will also bring you laughter, good luck, and health! Cindy is also a fabulous writer and storyteller who has been featured on WLRH Sundial Writers, Burritt on the Mountain, Aunt Sofonda’s Speakeasy, and Gumbo Bones in the Flying Monkey Arts theater.