Acrylic on canvas : 18" x 24" : 2011
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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.