Alice in the Garden
An photographic exhibition throughout the Botanic Garden
July 7th to End of August 2013
Open during normal Garden opening hours
Imagine as you stroll through the Botanic Garden that you catch a glimpse of a white rabbit, or one of the queen’s gardeners...
The exhibition takes the form of an outdoor installation of 20 pinhole photographs. The photographs will be placed throughout the Garden much like our plant labels, accompanied by passages from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The subject of these pinhole photographs are marionnettes made by the English artist Margaret Littleton Cook in the 1940s. They explore the characters as representations of psycological states and Alice’s dream of wonderland as a spiritual journey. To come upon images in the garden unexpectedly much like Alice was confronted by characters in the books will give her psychological journey a geographic sense.
The installation considers the qualities of different spaces in the garden and uses the shady places for the darker more mysterious photographs, and more open spaces to echo the images of understanding and clarity. Aligning physical phenomena to metaphor and Carroll’s text, visitors are invited to freshen their own perceptions and experience the Garden with wonder, imagination and curiosity.
The images create a dynamic between the natural space and photographic images. The Garden will take on new meaning as a setting for Alice’s adventures. The characters from Lewis Carroll’s books time travel to the present day. As each reading of a book is informed by the time and place it is read, each visitor will have a unique experience of the images varying from the time of day and season.
Alice and Fawn, Alice Falling
Cheshire Cat, Hatter & Hare
Queen & Cards, Queen and Cards detail
The Gardeners, The Tweedles
White Rabbit, White Rabbit detail
Who am I?