Monochrome pencils on paper. 35,5 × 43 cm (14’’ x 17").
“A mad tea-party” is the third drawing of the 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 takes us into one of the most delirious and entertaining scenes of the book: Alice’s encounter with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and a sleepy Dormouse during Chapter VII: “A mad tea-party”. In this unusual meeting, Alice will face each of the crazy wordplays and nonsense riddles posed by the guests, who won’t hesitate to drive crazy the little girl. The only one who doesn’t seem to take seriously all the foolishness said by his friends is the Dormouse, while yawn and rub his eyes at all times. At the end of the chapter, Alice, disgusted with the odd characters, will get up from the table and walk off shouting: “It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”
No doubt, this is one of the more complex images in the series, filled with numerous details and objects jumping around, among these a couch in which Alice sits. The table also revolves and moves, shaking like a wild snake, sending up dishes and plates. However, in this disorder there’s a character always focus and calm: the owl at the top of Mad Hatter’s hat. This animal — which represents sanity in my drawing — is not present in the book, but it reminds us that no one is safe from madness, including us, who look with apparent discretion the peculiar tea-party.
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