Cloth case, Hand-sewn
18.5 × 13.4 × 0.4 in
University of Melbourne
This is a series of 12 unique volumes, one for each of the 12 individual chapters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Each of the chapters will be housed in a separate library. This series of books is an inevitable departure point from the numerous, typical, and often mundane or passionless illustrated interpretations of the story.
The artists Anna Hellsgård and Christian Gfeller follow Carol’s instructions and Alice’s adventures without compromise. The books visually do what no other interpretation before have dared to do, they jump into the rabbit hole with no looking back.
This visual interpretation of the text both obliterates and remains steadfastly true to the original text and the author’s motivations. The conceptual integrity of only allowing one chapter per institution ensures that the book as a whole will exist on a global scale.
The artists are challenging these institutions to bring the chapters together in a traveling exhibition that would visit each library. The book is a mise-en-abyme of imagery.
The printing goes through several medial iterations and transpositions until the final result is achieved. This is a unique series of book chapters that makes it hard to pinpoint one specific theme. Instead, they highlight the edgy yet harmonious mood of the original book.
Each book in the series becomes a witness to its own genesis as well as an art object in itself.
The 12 chapters are in the following libraries:
I. Stanford University Libraries, Palo Alto, CA
II. Library of Congress
III. Emory University, Atlanta, GA
IV. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
V. Lafayette College, Easton, PA
VI. University of Connecticut, Storrs
VII. The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA
VIII. University of Delaware, Newark, DL
IX. The National Library of Luxembourg
X. The British Library, London
XI. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
XII. The University of Melbourne, Australia
Foil-stamped cloth hardcovers.