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”:

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Wonderful image Pam. I like the write up. Interesting read

  • Thanks very much Donna!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 2 years ago

    Totally awesome creation and write!!

  • Thank you JR!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • kenroome
    kenroomeover 2 years ago

    WoW. This piece is representative of the complex interior story of the character it depicts. I love that you built it in the shape of a “house of cards”. Great work.
    I will confess to never having given much thought to that particular story, except as a song by Jefferson Airplane, and then as a mural the owner of a head shop painted on the side of his store in my hometown of Englewood, CO. In which the city sued him for violation of the sign code, which he fought and won, so much so, that they not only changed the sign code in favor of murals, but their minds as well, and then 2 other artists proposed murals about town. P.S. love Estes!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! Ah yes Estes inspires me so very much! Am beginning a series of image as such, many with archetypal writes with them…thanks again!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Lovely image Pamela,,,nice write too!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Excellent creation sis, I have to try this yet.

  • Thanks much, not hard to do!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • HoneysuckleRose
    HoneysuckleRoseover 2 years ago


  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

    Takes me right back to my childhood when I used to read the Alice books over and over again! Lovely work!

  • Glad it did, thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • strawberries
    strawberriesover 2 years ago

    fabulous work, and i loved the write up

  • Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed this!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Dale Lockwood
    Dale Lockwoodover 2 years ago

    Really impressive analysis and art…..

  • Thank you very much, good to see you again!

    – Pamela Phelps

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