Queen of Hearts

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

Artist's Description

The Tragic and Inevitable Loss of Childhood Innocence can be seen throughout the tales of Alice in Wonderland.
In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice encounters a series of puzzles that seem to have no clear solutions, one being the Queen of Hearts.

Alice continually finds herself in situations in which she risks death, and while these threats never materialize, they suggest that death lurks just behind the ridiculous events. As the Queen screams “Off with its head!” she understands that Wonderland may not merely be a ridiculous realm where expectations are repeatedly frustrated. Death may be a real threat, and Alice starts to understand that the risks she faces may not be ridiculous and absurd after all.

As the ruler of Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts is the character that Alice must inevitably face to figure out the puzzle of Wonderland. In a sense, the Queen of Hearts is literally the HEART of Alice’s conflict. The Queen is not as concerned with nonsense and perversions of logic as she is with absolute rule and execution. In Wonderland, she is the singular force of fear who even dominates the King. Alice finally gets a taste of true fear, even though she understands that the Queen of Hearts is merely a playing card. The Gryphon later informs Alice that the Queen never actually executes anyone she sentences to death, which reinforces the fact that the Queen of Hearts’s power lies in her rhetoric. She is proof that Wonderland is devoid of substance.

Inspired through the readings of author, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Cantadora…keeper of the old stories.

Composed in Photoshop with a copyright free purchased vintage image of the Queen of hearts. Layers, filters, overlays, mirror box effect and shadows along with styles in overlay have been used for this image. Original Textures.
1 texture courtesy of “Lenabem-Anna”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenabem-anna

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