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The Framing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Stephanie Perron

Framing alice in wonderland

For my creative assignment I chose to look at Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I was also inspired by the Playing with Pictures exhibition that was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2010. I saw this when it was exhibited and my interest in these pieces has grown with the progress of this class. Much like the images in this exhibition I inserted photographic faces into the images that I created. I was also very interested in Tenniel’s illustrations that we looked at in class. I redrew Tenniel’s images and then inserted the faces from the photographs that I collected. The faces that I chose to insert in my work are from the most recent interpretation of the Alice story in the 2010 Disney movie Alice in Wonderland. One important note is that unlike Tenniel’s images mine have colours in them. I feel that this not only works as inspiration from the previous exhibition that I mentioned but it fits the feel and intention of the book targeting children. I wanted to colour the iconic objects in the book. This includes Alice’s blue dress and the Rabbit’s pocket watch. I also wanted to use the colours that have become iconic to the Alice brand; such as the blue Alice dress and red that is on the playing cards. I chose the cards because they related to the text;  they also interested me in the commodity value that can be attached to books. I also decided to show the Queen of Hearts on the back of one of the cards. I chose a deck of cards with a red back specifically, because when Carroll released his first edition of his book he specifically chose the colour red to attract children to the book. He wanted it to grab their attention and imagination. I think that the four images that I chose frame the story. The First illustration is Tenniel’s  first image of the Rabbit. This Rabbit leads the reader and Alice into Wonderland. The second is of Alice drinking. This is where her adventure truly beings, making her the right size to interact with the other characters of Wonderland. The third is the tea party with the Mad Hatter; this image is one that has always stayed with me after reading the book when I was younger. I think it is a staple when looking at the novel. A reenactment of this image is even on the cover of our Broadview edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The final image is of Alice throwing the cards, indicating that she knows she is in a dream and concluding the story. The text I used in each of the cards relates to the image that it is with. I think that the quotes that I used are iconic to the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.