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Shana James, Western Australia

Falling Alice; Unique, Linocut with ink and coptic binding ; 30 x 40 x 2 cm


Shana writes: :“In another moment Alice went down after [the white rabbit], never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865).
When Alice jumps into the rabbit hole, although she does not give it a great deal of thought, it is a decisive action, a choice to follow the rabbit. Once the choice is made to jump however, the fall must follow, you cannot stop mid-fall. While the jump is active, the fall is passive. In this work I explore aspects of the liminal space of Alice falling. A place of transition between the familiar knowing of what was and the uncertainty of what comes next.
Pattern creates an immersive space for the pages to flow together. Each page is a fragment; exploring different moments of the same event as the viewer gets closer, by virtue of the face that Alice is slowly getting larger. I am interested in the many layers of meaning associated with pattern and metaphorically the psychological pattern of being who you are. Repetition is intrinsic to printmaking and as I make these works there is an embodied pattern of repeated movements. This work also has associations with the Victorian era when Alice in Wonderland was written; a time when wallpaper was made from hand printed woodblock prints.

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