…where Childhood’s dreams are twined

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” – Alice

Perhaps it is the curiosity that comes with childhood that is so compelling – or perhaps it is the absurdity that emerges from the duality between the preservation and the loss of innocence that urges us to continue to marvel at such dream-like things.

Each individual, no matter how wise or brave, must at some point face situations strange, terrifying, beautiful and new.

Lewis Carroll’s classic childhood fairytales, Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass effectively (and quite possibly in the most bizarre and wondrous of ways) pull apart that instant in each person’s life wherein all sense of irresponsibility is forever and completely lost. It is in these moments that we both publicly and privately attempt to reinvent ourselves in search of our own inner truths.

As an actor and photographer I have always had a unique relationship with my camera in that, while I very much enjoy the picture taking process, I almost prefer the process of having my picture taken. In exploring my two greatest loves I came to conclude that an investigation of the self in a theatrical construction of reality (or “surreality” in this case) would be a highly satisfying venture for me. Creating a sizeable multi-disciplinary installation piece by including sounds made by each of the characters in Alice in Wonderland presented itself as a new and fascinating way of creating a bond between theatre and photography – of rediscovering that place “where Childhood’s dreams are twined”.

Krista Hovsepian

Express version:

I’m Krista. I’m an actor and a photographer. These are all self-portraits. Yep. That’s right – I am every single character in this series. Even the Mad Hatter. I also voiced the majority of the characters speaking. Enjoy!

  • Type photography, digital, composite images, alice in wonderland, alice through the looking-glass

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