Acrylic and glitter on canvas : 24" x 36" : 2012
This painting depicts the lose of innocence and was inspired by Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There Chapter 5: Wool and Water. During her dreamy discussion with the White Queen, who is now a sheep, Alice finds herself in a row boat gliding over crabs and flowers called scented rush (from the Juncus genus), but as she pulls them out of the water, they lose their beauty. The broken toys represent lost childhood, and the Mock Turtle who explains the unique school system to Alice. The young oyster brings home her new beau to meet Mum while the walrus looms in the distance.
Learn more and see how it was made Studio Images.
Artist Statement for Wasp in a Wig Series
My narratives are inspired by the surreal world of dreams, but embrace science and nature to create visions that refer to our world, but defy our known restraints. This is something Lewis Carroll and I have in common, our love of imaginative, and often absurd, storytelling. For this series, I combined elements from both of Lewis Carroll's Alice books with new characters, and other personal references, to envision scenarios that explore environmental issues, social structures and identity.
The title for this series is referring to the chapter written by Carroll, A Wasp in a Wig, which was omitted after the illustrator, John Tenniel, explained he could not see his way to a picture and it was an opportunity to condense the story.
A wonderful resource for the full stories and accompanying materials can be found on Lenny's Alice in Wonderland Site.