Monochrome pencils on paper. 35,5 × 43 cm (14’’ x 17").
“Alice and the Cheshire Cat” is the first drawing belonging to my new series entitled “A journey in Wonderland”, which was inspired by one of my favorite books: “Alice in Wonderland”, published in 1865 by the British mathematician and writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known worldwide as Lewis Carroll.
The drawing presents an unconventional Alice, since her appearance differs in many aspects with the book and the illustrations created especially for the edition by the great illustrator John Tenniel. In this version, Alice has a very long and wavy black hair — opposed to her well known blond hair —, a tightest dress, zigzag leggings and comfortable shoelace boots. Similarly, I’ve given to the grinning Cheshire Cat a more personal and stylish look, mix of snake and squirrel, with a long and flexible neck like an elephant’s trunk, bulging eyes, a fur full of sparkles and a bushy tail ended in a spiral.
However, I believe you may be wondering what exactly the scene means. Well, it is known that the peculiar Cheshire Cat may become invisible at will, and that his way to talk can be a little bit disconcerting. And that’s what my drawing represents: the exact moment that the Cheshire Cat is about to disappear, leaving only visible in the air his huge smile. Alice, perplexed by the illusion, said to her later one of the most famous lines of the book: ‘Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin, but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!’
I think we all agree with her.
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