Queen of the hearts from Wonderland Collection by Larisa Stevenson
Ceramic sculpture of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. (Part of the Wonderland Collection)
There's always a moment, or whole day, when the artist meditates on how this lump of clay should take life. In this case, I beamed back to my childhood in the Soviet Union as I read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland through Vladimir Nabokov's Russian translation. Russian children's literature, while wonderful and compelling, always seems to be a parable that follows a pattern: the wise man interacts with the naive man and a lesson is learned.
My young literary head devoured the complexity and richness of, particularly the Queen's heart and soul, from Alice In Wonderland, as something new, fresh, and mind-blowing. I took her to be aloof and sad; engrossed, yet complex. Thus, her glazing was largely raku, a technique where anything can happen, but is often bright, metallic and iridescent. Just like my childhood memory of the Queen.
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