This painting was the product of an 8 week exam project in my GCSE studies in Art (from age 14-16) It was supposed to take 10 hours to complete… SUPPOSED to take 10 hours : )
The main inspiration for my ideas in the painting came from Alice in Wonderland. I explore the idea of how as we get older things that we associate with our childhood seem less innocent and much more sinister as we learn about the evil in the world.
The suicidal bunny in the middle, in itself, represents the death of childhood and innocence. The prostitute fairy and the purple kangaroo have changed over the years – matured and become somewhat dangerous.
And amidst this scene is Bailey. Having woken up in a world that she no longer recognises. How will she deal with this new reality? Where will the dark path leading into the woods take her?
I believe we are all sold a lie as children, we are led to believe our world and the people and things inhabiting it are are friends… but I believe there comes a time in young adolescence where we see the world for what it is… like an epiphany… The Wake.
My main inspirations for this painting were Tim Burton (his macarbe style) and Frida Kahlo (her honest and emotional self portraits and representations of her feelings). I admire both artists’ use of bold colours and like to implement this into my paintings.