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Featured Artist of the Week: Sue Lawton

August 18, 2011

Kickstarter is such a great tool for artists! A few weeks ago, I posted about Alisa Toninato’s Kickstarter campaign and recently I stumbled upon another local artist using Kickstarter to raise money for a project. That artist, Sue Lawton, is raising money to fund the printing of her book, “The Circus and the Cyclone”.

“The Circus and the Cyclone” is a piece of fantastical historical fiction set against the worst natural disaster in Wisconsin’s history – the destruction of the town of New Richmond by a tornado in 1899. The event was made even more tragic because a traveling circus had also arrived that day, attracting many outside visitors to the town.

Using this backdrop, I have created a narrative that weaves between a pair of childhood friends, now grown and fallen in love, a pair of clowns competing for the affections of a beautiful contortionist traveling with the circus and a megalomaniac human cannonball who dreams of flying to the moon. All of these stories culminate when the tornado suddenly strikes, turning fates and revealing hidden truths.



Sue (Goetz) Lawton was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and has been drawing for as long as she can remember. After receiving her BFA in 2002, she has been working extensively with images that tell stories. From discarded card catalogs to the opera to Wisconsin circus lore, she seeks to tell her own story through exaggerated, lavish romance and a quirky twist of humor.

Check out her Kickstarter campaign here: “The Circus and the Cyclone”.



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