Sunday, January 10, 2010

Alice In wonderland/Beyond the Wall

Cláudia is a frequent commenter on this blog, she recalls trying to dig through her bedroom wall (in a rented apartment) as a child because she was convinced some other world beckoned beyond. Both Alice books imagine their heroine passing through into someplace else - in the first, she struggles to get into the tiny garden but for a good long while she is too big, or the key is too far off, for her to succeed. For a related glimpse of a world beyond (yes, the sychronicity of the web is certainly something), please (especially those of you with small daughters) see this post on Drobtinice.

18 comments:

subby said...

This played over into soooo many horror films as well. But is not fantasy timeless in the telling?

California Girl said...

Me too. I so wanted to move beyond the looking glass and I was convinced there was more.

Tom said...

sweet.

and your Alice with lock and key, now we're going places!

Cláudia said...

What a delight to see a glimpse of my childhood!

I never told you about what I expected to see after digging the wall because it is something that could not possibly be translated into words or even images and that mistery is so cleverly preserved in your illustration!

Thank you, Susan, for the illustration AND the link - I have a daughter who will love both your post and those pictures of a hole in the snow!

Ginga Squid said...

The link is cool - my daughter now wants me to make her some of those fluffy sparkly leg warmers. I think I want some too.

Started trying to read to her about Alice in Wonderland as she got an Alice dressing-up outfit for Xmas, but she is still a bit to young for it & zones out, gets confused.

Tammie Lee said...

makes me think of the tiny holes I see at this time of year, they lead into the earth. Some of them grow frost around them, who lives down there? What is their life like.

Jasmine said...

Love your new Alice. That log post is so cool. I love the snowman wall with the candles. Thanks for the sign post.

Titus said...

Fantastic textures in the Alice, and the link was great too.

Dominic Rivron said...

A bit off topic, but I saw this short film about a sculptor and immediately thought it might be up your street.

Drobtinice's igloo makes my effort look a bit pathetic!

ArtSparker said...

I looked at your igloo, an you have nothing to be embarassed about. I will say that Anya's post is a lovely testament to maternal devotion.

Celeste Bergin said...

she is going to go through that portal! Love the wee feet on the link

Poet in Residence said...

When I was young I lived near Daresbury, a village in Cheshire, where Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was the vicar. There's a church there with scenes from Alice on the stained glass windows and a pub called the Ring O' Bells.
I've blogged on PiR about the strange world that there is in Daresbury under the earth - the small world of the quantum.
Alice was girl who worked in a hotel at Connah's Quay, near Llandudno in North Wales. Behind the hotel, on the Great Orme, was recently discovered the world's biggest bronze age copper mine. The tunnels go down 9 levels. So you see, it's all very mysterious. Really. But I would say that, for I was born within sight of the Orme. 'Orme' means Dragon.

Poet in Residence said...

Oops...Deganwy's the place for Alice (by the Gt Orme)I should have said, if I didn't.
It was Lewis Carroll's father who was the vicar of Daresbury NOT the author himself.
Input 'Alice' in the PiR blog search box and it'll bring up the original Alice post. The correct facts!

Deb G said...

So many of the best books for children are about going through things or into things.... Love this illustration.

Candace said...

I was actually discovered looking BEHIND mirrors as a kid a couple of times. "What are you looking for?"
"The way out."
Maybe I should have said, "The way in."
Imagine how THAT would have gone over.
Candace

Asja said...

i like this image a lot, it really gets my attention. The key in front of Alice reminds my of tiny mirror.

Anja said...

Thank you for this magical post and for letting me being a part of it.

I hope it is OK to thank all visitors that went to see the 'world beyond'. It really was a magical night.

ArtSparker said...

Anja - I told you I liked your post, and thank YOU.

My first memory is of light - This is true for many people, I believe. Hmm, future post?