24” x 30” x 1-1/2”
Original acrylic and canvas cloth painting with thread on canvas
For years I have wanted to create a painting with a focus on Lewis Carroll’s, Jabberwocky. I have loved it since high school.
Twas Brillig was designed with the goal of incorporating Carroll’s unique and wonderful words into the constructed book I’ve attached to the background canvas. The words of the poem spill out from the pages, as if the book’s boundaries could not contain them. The stretched canvas becomes the setting for the “book.”
This painting is part of a series I call Text-tures and this was another opportunity to play with the structure of the text. The strips of text and the book are made from raw canvas, which I cut and frayed before painting and stitching the pieces together.
Here are the words of the first and last stanzas of the poem for those of you unfamiliar with Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll and for those who would enjoy a reread:
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
The sides of this gallery wrapped canvas are painted to match the painting. It is signed and dated on the side of the canvas.