Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass

Detail - "Through the Looking-Glass"

Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking Glass

April 7, 2020 - January 3, 2021

After almost ten years, Maggie Taylor has returned to illustrating Lewis Carroll’s classic nineteenth-century stories of Alice with her new images for Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Taylor traverses time, creating digital scans of material drawn from 19th century photographs and from contemporary sources. In a rich and complex process, she combines, over-paints, alters, and adds atmosphere, texture, shadow, color and her own photographs. The result is a lush almost Steam-Punk aesthetic that melds the present with Carroll's Victorian past. As a mathematician Carroll combined logic, literary traditions and an emphasis on disrupting the conventions of childhood into something entirely inventive and irreverent. Taylor's wholly original approach capture this spirit in delightful and provocative images.

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Alice plays chess: tap here to follow the chess game written into Through the Looking-Glass.

Maggie on Alice: tap an image below for audio and texts of Maggie Taylor discussing works for Through the Looking-Glass.

Gallery map of audio content.

Maggie Taylor - video on her working process. Additional content available on the interactive digital touch table in the exhibition.

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(all exhibitions and programs are free to all)

Image credit: DETAIL: Maggie Taylor, "Through the Looking-Glass," from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.