Who are YOU? (Alice and the Caterpillar)

Wil Zender

Joined March 2013

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Monochrome pencils on paper. 35,5 × 43 cm (14’’ x 17").

“Who are YOU?” — or Alice and the Caterpillar (2014) — is the fourth drawing of the series called “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.

This illustration invites us to explore one of the most disconcerting scenes from the book: Alice’s encounter with a seemingly grumpy and unfriendly Caterpillar, at the end of Chapter IV “Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill” and during chapter V “Advice from a Caterpillar”. At first, Alice thinks that the Caterpillar is being rude to her, since the peculiar character — half sleepy and with uninterested tone — asks ‘Who are YOU?’, causing consternation in the girl. However, as the chapter progresses, the caterpillar begins to show more interest in the afflicted Alice — who measures just three inches in the chapter — and advised her to eat a mushroom that could make her grow.

In my drawing I tried to represent the main elements that are shown with the Caterpillar, like the giant mushroom he is sitting while smoking a hookah. However, the Caterpillar holds an item that is not mentioned in the book: a four-leaf clover representing Luck. I introduce it because I’ve always believed that Alicia is very fortunate, because she is lucky to visit such a wonderful land, full of unusual and amusing characters. And of course, the clover appears half nibbled, suggesting that the serene Caterpillar feeds on the very fortune that fulfils the protagonist of the story.

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