Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Through the Looking Glass: Part I: The Mad Hatter

Titles: Image I and II: "Alice Meets the Mad Hatter, Images III and IV: "Curiouser and Curiouser", Image V: "We're All Mad Here"
Artist Statement: In Progress: (will put up finished product once done)
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” Alice made it clear (or unclear from her perspective) that having a world of one’s own would make figuring life out much easier. I can identify with Alice in this sense. When I started this work, I took the position of Alice. I then found that each person close to me is represented by a character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. They each are simply characters in my story, helping me find my way.
I cross processed my film (processing it as color negative instead of a slide positive) to get the dreamy and saturated feeling of my own little nonsense world. What isn’t, now simply is. I also chose my four closest companions because I spend the most time with them and they have taught me so much over the past year(s). Phil, the White Rabbit, is a new relationship. He is teaching me to be patient and I am chasing this goal of a solid relationship with him. Blake is the well traveled, well read friend, and he helps me gain knowledge and a sense of surrounding in my environment. He has become my Cheshire Cat. Missy is my closest and longest friend. She is strong and independent, and is represented by the caterpillar. Austin is the Mad Hatter; he has taught me to laugh, and be silly and not care what others think. He is also the one to let me know its ok to be a little silly, because “We are all mad here.”
*Note: Parts II-IV of Missy, Blake, and Phil coming soon

No comments: