“Alice in Wonderland” a visual childhood memories by Hannah Jarmain

By Susan Alonso

Alice in Wonderlan
By Hannah Jarmain
Sat, Jul 5, 5-8pm
Gallery Sual Glass
Fábrica la Aurora

Alice in Wonderland and other childhood favorite bedtime stories are being presented in splendid visual art form for the first time in a mysterious setting inspired by the French surrealist Henri Rousseau. Children and parents are welcome. Reception July 5th at 5-8pm

– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll takes place in Alice’s dream, so that the characters and phenomena of the real world mix with elements of Alice’s unconscious state which explains the abundance of nonsensical events in the story Nearly every object in Alice in Wonderland functions as a symbol and these symbols work together to convey a particular meaning to underscore Alice’s desire to hold onto her feelings of childlike innocence.

- Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House is a very famous tale from the Grimm’s Fairy Tale collection. Besides being a rather dark yet well-read children’s story, it also has psychological meaning. When the children were abandoned I the woods and are trying to find their way back home they find a house that was “built of bread, roofed with cakes, and the window was of transparent sugar.” One of Carl Jung’s shadows appears in the story to Gretel. When the witch takes Hansel away into the stable to be fattened up and eaten, Gretel realizes her own shadow and begins to realize that she should have not eaten off the gingerbread house and that she has to defeat the witch herself and not wait for someone else to do it for her.

- Snow White and the Seven Dwarves “You, my queen, are fair. It is true, but Snow White is even fairer than you! “ The Queen flew into a dark rage and ordered her huntsman to take Snow White into the woods to be killed. The huntsman took Snow White into the forest, but found himself unable to kill the girl. Instead, he let her go, and brought back to the queen the heart of a wild boar. Snow White was alone in the great forest and met seven dwarves who mined for gold in the mountains. The seven dwarves came running up to her and cried out with amazement. “Oh good heaven! This child is beautiful

- The Three Little Pigs is about anthropomorphic pigs who could talk and build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs’ houses, made of straw and wood respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig’s house, made of bricks. The pigs are portrayed here intelligent and hardworking, which they really are.

- Little Red Riding Hood is a classic fable to warn little girls of the danger of conversing with inappropriate suitors. It emphasize the importance of listening and being obedient to one’s parents. Little Red Riding Hood promises to “do everything right” to her mother but fails to heed the advice by wandering off the path and subsequently winds up in the belly of a beast. At the end of the story, upon being saved, Little Red Riding Hood declares “Never again will I leave the path and run off into the woods when my mother tells me not to”.

- The Adventures of Pinocchio the story by Carlo Collodi is about an animated marionette, a very mischievous wooden puppet named Pinocchio and his adventures. In the original serialized version Pinocchio dies a gruesome death: hanged for his innumerable faults, then Collodi added 10 more chapters in which the “Blue Haired Fairy” rescues Pinocchio and eventually transforms him into a real boy, when he acquires a deeper understanding of himself.

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