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A series of collages by Clelia Scala
Reception Saturday 7 March 2pm-4pm
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St Paul Street, St Catharines
The collages in this series are translations of Victorian artist John Tenniel’s illustrations for the 1865 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. My collages illustrate Canadian poet Steve McCaffery’s Alice in Plunderland (BookThug 2015), a recreation of Carroll’s children’s book. McCaffery’s Plunderland transforms Wonderland’s familiar characters into a sketchy band of addicts and street hustlers, their songs and hijinks mired in drugged-out absurdity. To turn wonder into plunder, I incorporated into Tenniel’s woodcuts elements from Gustave Doré’s Victorian illustrations for Paradise Lost and The Divine Comedy, 19th-century Punch and Puckcartoons, old scientific illustrations, ads from 1950s Saturday Evening Posts, Krazy Katcartoons and many other sources.