Join us for a gallery talk and tour with the artist himself, Nall!
Eastern Shore Art Center (Whiting Gallery)
Free admission. Donations welcomed. Books and items for sale.
In 1975, I was given a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass which I read, re-read, and read again.
Two years later, the idea to illustrate ‘Alice’ matured into an attempt to unravel the mysteries and joys of Lewis Carroll’s tale, to search for the keys to unlock the many doors of his mind.
I traveled to many countries during these three years searching for the proper heads of friends to pose as characters, and drew them as they were. This was a wonderful time in my life, coming to terms with myself as an artist and as a man. “Alice” was an ingredient, a psycho-analytical tool that grew me up.
A trip to Oxford, England, the Lewis Carroll Library, where the head librarian, president of the Lewis Carroll Society, confirmed theories and erased doubts concerning Carroll’s life. He was the son of a preacher, one of eleven children, a bachelor, an accomplished photographer, a mathematician and wine taster for the school. He adored costumes and the theatre, and his passion for little girls melted when they reached puberty.
A growing esteem for Lewis Carroll urged me to unveil the Victorian restraints and allow a post-hippie culture to applaud his nakedness, to look directly into the eyes of this man who mirrors our own fantasies and secret passions, and who was brave enough, wise enough, to write them down.
He enchants us as children, defines us as adults; and, in truth, lets us mingle with the Gods.