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gouache, graphite, collage on panel
Portfolios: Alice, May 2011 Curator Reviewed Artwork
Location: Christine Rossi Albums
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Thank you, and thank you for looking at my work.
Thank you for your very astute commentary. I appreciate the feedback. Your description is much more articulate than I could ever be and you capture my inspiration and motives well. As for appropriating too much from Tenniel? Yes, why reinvent the wheel. I make no apologies, his style and satirical wit are ingrained in my head from childhood and to appropriate his illustrations for my own nefarious purpose would probably please him, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. All my Alice pieces are at very least, a social commentary and many are politically charged.
Thank you for looking at my work.
By the way, I just sold the original "Mad Tea Party".
Your Mad Tea Party takes on political overtones in the context of the other work in your Alice series, and in today's highly charged partisan climate. I easily recognize the cast of characters, even though they seem more adversarial than I remember- the Cheshire cat perched on the chair behind Alice has gnashed teeth in an open mouth rather than a knowing, cunning smile. Alice herself seems to dig in her heels across a long table in skewed perspective. The red of her chair reinforces her anger- and pointed stare at the Mad Hatter. But the Hatter returns her gaze directly and evenly, wearing a more light hearted costume. That being said, you may owe too much a debt to the original illustrations (engravings of Alice and cast) by John Tenniel. The Mad Hatter in particular bears a strong resemblance. The pieces where you interject a more contemporary figure, or more unusual arrangement of figures offers stronger, more digested satirical appropriation. I enjoy the restrained text in the background, keeping the emphasis on the charged characters. All of the delicate cups and saucers remain perfectly in their designated place. Is this the calm before the storm?
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