Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland might have been written 157 years in the past, nevertheless it’s the present that retains on giving. The fantastical story has impressed numerous artists by three centuries and continues to take action in the present day.
Discovering a brand new tackle the woman who falls by a rabbit gap right into a magical world is not precisely simple. However Vicky Martin, a high quality artwork photographer from Staffordshire, has nailed it with Curiouser and Curiouser; a conceptual collection of images influenced by the much-loved Lewis Carroll novel.
Vicky’s collection is impressed by the notion of ‘not belonging’, pinpointing the novel’s attraction to generations of kids and aligning it with modern discussions round psychological well being.
“I personally determine with the theme of ‘not belonging’ that options prominently in Alice’s narrative,” Vicky explains. “Immersed in a world of make-believe, Alice reveals her braveness and power by having the ability to efficiently navigate by a fantasy land, showing extra at residence on this wonderland than that in Victorian society.
“In my collection, the modern-day wonderland of Las Vegas offers the backdrop for the protagonist to find, wrestle with, and finally come to phrases together with her emotions of not becoming in.”
Becoming a member of Alice on her Vegas journey is one other character from the novel, the White Rabbit. Right here, Vicky was impressed by the next passage, when Alice has simply fallen down the rabbit gap and is considering how to deal with the horrifying, bewildering scenario she finds herself in.
The narrator describes how ‘this curious little one was very keen on pretending to be two individuals. “Nevertheless it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to fake to be two individuals! Why, there’s hardly sufficient of me left to make one respectable particular person!’.
“The concept right here of Alice projecting a few of her personal ideas and emotions into one other particular person was the inspiration for the connection I created between my very own Alice and White Rabbit,” Vicky explains. “The determine of the White Rabbit is a manifestation of the grown-up ideas and perspective that my protagonist is struggling to undertake and declare as her personal.”
She provides that: “The White Rabbit encourages Alice to just accept herself for who she is and to adapt to the daunting transition from little one to grownup: the calming affect to Alice’s angst and nervousness, the buddy who dissipates her sense of loneliness and the ‘one respectable particular person’ that Alice finds the braveness to develop into on the finish of the collection.”
These themes match properly with Vicky’s wider physique of labor, which has been broadly printed, exhibited nationally and internationally, in solo and group reveals throughout the US and Europe, and gained her a number of awards and nominations.
The photographer is greatest recognized for her conceptual portraits depicting the battle between themes of fantasy and actuality and power and vulnerability, particularly regarding the feminine expertise.
“I intertwine my created characters with staged realities, which search to convey the stress and conflicts discovered inside the self,” she explains. “All through my work, I prefer to discover, by sturdy feminine characters, recurring themes that I’m drawn to, equivalent to conformity to the stereotypical, particular person and societal expectations of femininity, vulnerability and self-doubt.
“While all my works contribute to the narrative framework developed throughout my collection’, in addition they every depict a component of ambiguity that the viewer is invited to interpret in relation to themselves and their distinctive notion of the world.”
She provides that Alice is typical of the sturdy feminine characters Vicky likes to characteristic. “Nonetheless, behind her power lies doubts and insecurities about who she is and who different individuals suppose she is, which I sought to convey on this collection.
“The childhood character positioned into an grownup world depicts the stress I wished to create across the concept of rising up and changing into an grownup. The push-pull relationship symbolised by Alice and the White Rabbit mirrors the battle a person feels when forsaking the security and luxury of childhood for the stress and nervousness of rising up.”