“What The Caterpillar Told Alice” is a digital composition comprised of elements from several of my paintings rearranged in layers of various opacity.
My take on the interchange between Alice and the caterpillar from Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is one of perception, and of knowing oneself.
Alice is unable to give an answer to the creature ‘s simple direct question of, “Who are you?” She is too distracted with her current circumstance, and only seems to know she’d like to be a “bit larger.” So, Caterpillar eventually leaves after giving her sound advice about keeping her temper, and pointing her in the direction of the mushroom.
Though often depicted as a drug related conversation, perhaps because of the hookah, and the eating of mushrooms, this is actually an exercise in learning to know what you want.
There will always be distractions and circumstances of life to cloud the issues of self. As the caterpillar showed Alice, it is best to look past the veils of confusion and hone in on what one wants badly enough to endure being thought of as too small or otherwise to obtain that goal.
I am currently offering a limited edition of 25 prints of “What The Caterpillar Told Alice” as a 20″ x 20″ acrylic panel. Please follow this link to consider your PURCHASE.