We all have a favorite childhood story. For me, it was Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Each time I opened my beloved copy of the book, I was immediately swept away in a river of tears and lost within a garden of painted red roses. It is amazing what the mind can experience all in A Golden Afternoon.
I sought to capture a devious girl’s interaction with Carroll’s classic. Alice is a clever young lady whose adventures are at times eerie and bewildering, yet always whimsical. The further we fall down her rabbit hole, the more we lose sight of reality and start to question all that used to make logical sense. We accompany Alice as she becomes displaced within the constructs of her own imagination. I have sought to depict Alice realistically, with images distorted by her hallucinations. This blur of reality and dreamy Wonderland functioned as the driving force behind my aesthetic.
This book was created as part of a Fall 2010 undergraduate course, The Artist in the Museum: Making Books, at Johns Hopkins University.