Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

4 Jun 2014

Alice in Wonderland: Marvels and Wonders by Vasilis Papatsarouchas



Vasilis Papatsarouchas


"Those who travel from time to time with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ can find it hard to escape her spellbinding charm. Tangled-up in a wondrous web of daydreams, they can’t help themselves from embarking on a fanciful journey to the Wonderland, falling down the rabbit hole over and over again. First published in 1865, this masterpiece of classic children’s literature has well cemented its reputation as one of the most widely beloved stories, and has never failed to captivate readers of all ages throughout the years. 

Greek visual artist and acclaimed book illustrator Vasilis Papatsarouchas is possibly one of Alice’s most ardent enthusiasts, having repeatedly experimented with the famous Lewis Carroll text over the years. With his exceptionally strong relationship with the story that goes well back to his childhood years, Papatsarouchas is the proud owner of over 60 different editions of the book fervently collected from around the world. With his latest illustration project, he invites us along as he delves once again into Alice’s magical land, where a world full of mystery, whimsy, symbolism and absurdity unfolds right before our eyes. 


Vasilis Papatsarouchas has come to be known as a prolific and highly praised book illustrator. During the past fifteen years, more than fifty books bearing his illustrations have been published in Greece and abroad, including two Collector’s Editions and four publications based on texts written by him. Among other distinctions, in 2004 he was awarded with the National Illustration Award for an adaptation of the classic ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, while in 2008 he was nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, an award presented to a living author or illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. But feeling he had unfinished business with his much-loved Alice, he revisited the story, creating a series of illustrations that accompany a new adaptation of the book published in late 2012 by Polaris. Following the success of the book, his illustrations were also presented in the exhibition ‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE – A Journey with Alice in Wonderland’ at the Stormy Gallery in Athens, Greece, whereby viewers outside of their original book format can continue to be mesmerized."



Vasilis Papatsarouchas


"The classic and well known story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is now visually recreated through his eyes following a more adult-oriented approach and interpretation that deviates from traditional children’s book illustrations. This new adaptation features a series of captivating hand-drawn mixed-media illustrations embellished by a mature colour palette that intelligently juxtapose ghostly outlines and clear silhouettes with a delicate touch of exuberant block colours. Papatsarouchas ingeniously simplified the drawings by retaining the most important narrative elements in order to dictate and give form to the story. In his stripped-down version of Alice there is a clear focus on the characters, their actions and the effect they have on the reader, where the background environment and scenery are kept to an absolute minimum. Simple in their manifestation yet highly expressive, his drawings are narrative instances where the whimsical and the absurd are effortlessly paired together in an enticing game of dramatic visual poetry. 


Full of allegories and symbolism, his drawings explore and portray Alice as the multi-layered story that it is. ''As a person I am instinctively inclined to look for multiple meanings and interpretations in whatever that is that I do. I like to look for and discover things..... The same applies for the way I work''. In this way, he creates drawings that tantalize the readers’ imagination, playing with the way we see and interpret things and forms. This is effectively the very same effect that the story of Alice has on the reader and could very well be the reason why his attraction to this book is so profound. 


 The adventures of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is certainly one of the most widely illustrated tales across various mediums. Vasilis Papatsarouchas however manages to offer a fresh perspective on the tale by creating a series of illustrations that equally captivate children and adults alike (just like the story itself). Arguably one of the most innovative attempts to bring the book to life ever presented, Papatsarouchas’ work is a true testament to his love for the story and breaks away from conventional book illustrations. Immersed in a state of whimsical absurdity and oddness, his unique vision invites us to follow him down the rabbit hole for an unremitting adventure into the unknown. And just like Alice herself, we certainly can’t say no."




Vasilis Papatsarouchas




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30 May 2014

Finding the rabbit hole at Altered Bits Blog


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"the piece that i chose to submit is called “finding the rabbit hole” and is a play on my favorite story “alice in wonderland” (i’m sure you’ve heard of it). :) but, this piece has the alicia-twist with a bit of taxidermy, a bit of nature, some watch parts and gears and lots of secret places. the piece itself measures 6″ x 12″ and is the first in a series of 3 or 4 or 5 — i haven’t decided yet. basically this is a rip-off of what i did in lisa jurist’s book for the pulp redux collaboration because i LOVED that piece so much — it really hit a personal note for me so i’ve created one for myself. (i deserve it.) 

In the piece you can see many representations of the story of alice: a glass ring that represents the looking glass, a mouse skull which represents the mouse she meets in the pool of tears, a broken piece of a pocket watch and taxidermy rabbit paw representing the white rabbit who is notoriously late, the rusty key, etc. the little tree is the one she fell through the hole under its branches." 

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18 Apr 2014


 Adriana Peliano

Adriana Peliano

  Adriana Peliano


Criação Adriana Peliano
Arte em relevo Laurinda Soares














Conheça as imagens originais de John Tenniel, peças desse corta cabeças.


"… foi quando minhas entre saias se transformaram em borboletras e nossas aventuras mergulharam num quebra cabeças de onde fui bebendo imagens poéticas e chorando lágrimas gozozas de alicedélicas insinuações. 

Meu vestido é também cortina que descortina reinos inclasssificáveis te convidando para nos abrir e então fechar lentamente os olhos ávidos e começar um novo jogo, bebendo lágrimas de magicósmicas alicinações. 


Três Crisalices vieram dançando florescidas de um temenos enigmágico que semeio em sonhos. 
Testemunho o renascimento da fauna e da flora do jardim de psicodelícias e desejos de transformar-me sempre de novo em mim mesma sim.  

 Espécies raras amoralúcidas dançam em camadas de pétalas mediúnicas de vôos impensáveis em noites alicinantes e amaravilhosas, sem nunca mais ter fim." 


PELIANO, Adriana. Cartas, dia rios e noites adentro de Alix Alux. País das Maravilhas: Alicinações, 2014.


 Criação:  Adriana Peliano 
 Laurinda Soares: arte em relevo

Essas imagens fazem parte de uma exposição de arte erótica que….

13 Apr 2014

Alicenations by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz


Displacing and condensation are the basic jobs of dreams in freudian terms. Beyond that, I deeply honor the Great spirit of Collage awakened by Surrealism in Modern times and its practice has been my main artistic field and path for lucid dreams.

Here these pictures by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz reveal its potency in a magnificent and disturbing way renewing our inexhaustible diving in Alice's wells and hells. Picture like that  “re-sequence” cultural material decanted in our collective experience and open doors not just for the repressed unconscious or the collective archetypes but to the search for the elixir of eternal youth through creation and transformation. I loved that. Brings pure alicinatory state.


" Wolfe von Lenkiewicz is an artist who employs some of the most well-known imagery in the history of art to create startling new forms that appear strangely familiar to the viewer – “re-sequencing” iconic works into contemporary pieces with a technique that intentionally mirrors that of genetic manipulation. For his forthcoming exhibition I Have An Excellent Idea Let’s Change The Subject he has re-sequenced John Tenniel’s classic illustrations from Alice In Wonderland, creating a heroine who references everything from the mysteries of alchemy to the cubist abstraction of Picasso. "

found at My Life in Violet


Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 



"The Torment of Saint Anthony"
Michelangelo



 "Nursery Alice" 
Sir. John Tenniel, 1890.

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 


Read about Alice and cubism.



"Portrait of Maya with her Doll". 




Pablo Picasso, 1938.


 "Nursery Alice" 
Sir. John Tenniel, 1890.


Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 



"Seated Woman"
 Pablo Picasso, 1937 



 "Nursery Alice" 
Sir. John Tenniel, 1890.

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 





Alchemical wedding


Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 
 01: ... NOTHING BUT A PACK OF CARDS (LENK 2011 025) 
 Pencil on Japanese restoration paper 73 x 56 cm 2011 




Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 
 02: THE WEEPING DUCHESS (LENK 2011 056) 
 Pencil on Japanese restoration paper 73 x 56 cm 2011 




Wolfe von Lenkiewicz 
 07: TRANSITORY WINDOW DRAWING (LENK 2011 041) 
Pencil on Japanese restoration paper 73 x 56 cm 2011



find More A-maze-ing Alice inpiredo work on:
wolfevonlenkiewicz.com



"Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (born 1966) is a British artist known for his artistic reconfigurations of well-known imageries from art history and visual culture to create ambiguous compositions that question art historical discourses.He lives and works in London."
Wikipedia

thanks to Joel Birenbaum and "Alice150: Celebrating Wonderland"


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5 Apr 2014

Aventuras de Alicia Bajo Tierra with pictures by Leonor Solans





Aventuras de Alicia Bajo Tierra 

 Tr. Modest Solans Mur Ill. 
Illustrations Leonor Solans,  2012 


 “It’s dreamy weather we’re on” 
Tom Waits

 "Last Christmas my dear friend Leonor Solans, an amazing Spanish artist, sent me a gift that evoked treasured memories of golden summer days. She had recreated Alice’s Adventures under Ground in huge, vibrant oil paintings that allow us to witness a girl in her intimate, curiouser and curiouser dreams. These paintings were born last year in celebration of 150 years of our beloved green-cover manuscript dedicated to a single, precious, real Alice by a man who knew how to share wonder and fancy in ever lovelier and lovelier ways, and how to depict a girl in her strength and beauty. Leonor seems to follow his call.

Leonor Solans


 Leonor’s father, Modest Solans, exchanged what became this book with his daughter as a love gift, translating the original story. In turn, her paintings were first presented in an art exhibition, which turned into a video with Tom Waits’ Alice as the landscape waiting for Alice to awaken. Following that, like a dream inside a dream, some of those paintings jumped into this book. It seems alive, inviting in whispers, “Open me, read me, adventure yourself in the dance of my pages.” Like Carroll’s own illustrations to the manuscript, the girl at one precise moment faces us looking into our eyes, which gives the disturbing feeling that she is not just part of someone else’s dream, but is aware that are all dreaming together. Always Alice, always anew, Leonor invites us to recover the unknown and challenge our most cherished dreams.


Leonor Solans


 The art living in the book welcomes Alice in her dive into the potency of life. In the pictures, unique Alices play being themselves, with eager eyes and willing bodies flowing in the textures and colors and rhythms and lights through an enchanted girlhood, forever in flux and becoming. They are not just scenes of the narrative of the story, but living states of magic discoveries. We know that Tenniel’s drawings are too rigid and formal to allow flows of subjectivity, body sensations, subtle feelings, vital experiences. Here these Alices are not just looking to come back home or to catch a rabbit. Her rabbit this time, like some other characters, is just an ink mark, blurred, as if it had turned into its shape through her and our imaginations and figuring minds. The cover, ah! It shows Alice with the caterpillar posed like a question mark, and her wonder wandering turns into the greatest puzzle and never-ending question, as she threads through Carroll’s living dreams and labyrinths, looking for the most beautiful garden even seen.

Leonor Solans


 Flipping through the book and diving into its adventure, here she dreams in a dreamy weather, there she jumps freely into the page as a blank map. Here she faces the secrecy in a key hole, there she plays growing smaller and bigger with a magic key. Here she drinks desire to become another, there she experiences her tears with the whole body. Here she befriends animals with excitement, there is defied and accused by strange beasts. Here she folds into herself, conquering her own empowered, intimate space, there she finds the tree of life with its call for inner mysteries. Here she dares venture into foreign gardens and curious games, facing strangeness and amusement; at the end we are allowed us to see the unfinished painting dissolving in the canvas to prepare for her awakening. We go out of pictures and representations, conversations and the written story, and come to be our own Alices in our own reality, pregnant with new surprises and adventures."

Adriana Peliano
 Knight Letter Volume II Issue 21 Number 91 (Fall 2013);
©2013 The Lewis Carroll Society of North America.




Leonor Solans