The beautifully delicate work of Marina Adamova will either get you in the mood for Christmas or for another reading of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Or, maybe both.
The Russian artist has created scenes from the novel from cut, layered paper, and placed them inside 10-centimeter plastic balls, producing ethereal one-of-a-kind ornaments. These were designed for an exhibition of the Paper Art Collective, held next month in Oslo, Norway.
It seems like alternate versions of Alice in Wonderland will be created until the heat death of the universe. Ever since Lewis Carroll wrote the story of a little girl who follows a jittery white rabbit down a hole, it seems as if everybody wants to put their unique stamp on her sometimes-haunting adventures.
Director Tim Burton, for example, turned Wonderland — sorry, Underland — into an epic battlefield where rival queens commanded armies as vast as the ones found in The Lord of the Rings. The Jabberwocky, originally just a character in a nonsense poem (and imaginatively illustrated by John Tenniel), is upgraded to boss battle status that must be defeated with the legendary vorpal blade. Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars novels (which had spun off a comic called Hatter M) sees Alice — I’m sorry, Alyss — as a princess of Wonderland who’s a fierce warrior in combat. Alice has been upgraded from wide-eyed little girl to a vengeful Valkyrie.