Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

3 Aug 2010

Alice by Trevor Brown

During the last century, the psychoanalysis, the modern art and the two world wars defied the ideal of purity of the child. The subversion of the vision of innocence by revealing the latent sexuality, the invitation to worlds dark, surreal and psychedelic lead Alices challenging and disturbing. The transformations in the universe of art with surrealism and counter-culture were recreating the experiences of girl going through controversial and disturbing paths.  Alices seek other adventures and engage in the anguish and anxiety of a child who loses his innocence on the misadventures of the Society of his time. Alice grows, matures and lives strange experiences.

Each decade, through its different visions and styles, created  its own Alices: art nouveau, art deco, surrealist, pop, psychedelic, futuristic, Gothic, naïve, ethnic, dark, steampunk, fetishistic, masochistic, pop surrealist. Alice is, by turns, a sweet and ingenuous girl, a questioning feminist, a perverted child, a mad and bloody assassin, a drugged adult, a seeker of worlds beyond conscious thought, a delirious psychedelicist, or an armor-clad and shielded warrior, always multiple and mutating.

Trevor Brown is a polemic and influential english artist  living in Japan. Innocence, violence, Japanese popular culture and "medical art" all collide in Brown's art. The Alices created by the artist attack the fringes of  Alice's innocence in a dreamland of cuteness, darkness and perversion.  His figures do not follow the white rabbit, but take the crossroads of Alice as starting points for uncanny adventures in underground and sinister landscapes. His depiction of Alice World includes pedophilia, sadomasochism and fetichism. It deals with the complexity of japanese culture in a chocking encounter between cuteness and perversion. 

Few Alices are so disturbing as the Alices of Trevor Brown. Facing  the outrageous nature of his work,  Trevor Brown has  received several attacks and severe  critics.  Many people see his paintings and illustrations as a degrading portrayal of children, women, and of human dignity in general. 

 “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ 
it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.”   

"Paintings of little girls; dolls by Trevor Brown depict a wide range of moods. Innocence, hurt, playtime; violence mix with kawaii; medical fetish themes. Disturbing, beautiful,  stirring all at once his works produce a unique response from each viewer."


Trevor Brown | Caterpillar King

Alice Kawaii | Trevor Brown


Trevor Brown | Efflorescence

Trevor Brown

 Trevor Brown

"13 – abnormality – abuse – aesthetic terrorism – airi and meiri – akatako – akira (manga) – alfred e newman – alice in wonderland – alice club – amano katan – amanita muscaria – anarchism – anatomy – andres serrano – andy warhol – animation – anti-art – antoine bernhart – antonio ghura – apocalypso a go go – art – atheism – autonomy – avantgarde – ayu makihara – babyart – bandage – barry burman – beauty – bedtime – bee kanno – belles of st trinians – beth love – black – blanquet – bondage – bruce bickford – bruises – bruno richard – bunnies – candy – car crash – censorship – chaos – child pxrn – chimuo nureki – cicciolina – claymation – coil – collecting – comix – conjoined twins – controversy – (...)" see the whole list 

Images of Alice and Changing Conceptions of Childhood
Victoria Sears Goldman

"During the last decades of the twentieth century, childhood entered a state of "crisis,"' a rupture characterized by an increase in attitudes and behaviors previously associated with adulthood, and a decrease in the qualities that made the Romantic child so appealing for so many years. Childhood as we thought we knew it was, in effect, disappearing. Most often this trend involved a rejection or denial of childhood innocence. This "end of innocence"- was marked by hyper sexualization of the media, clothing, and consequendy, of children themselves as they gained increased access to the "world of adult information." Children now possessed previously imobtainable knowledge. They became "knowing children" with "bodies and passions of their own," bodies and passions formerly the exclusive property of adults. Thus, toward the end of the twentieth century, children escaped or were patendy and perhaps irrevocably "expelled from the garden of childhood," a garden they had inhabited for nearly two centuries."

Published at

Knight Letter
Summer 20o8
Number 80
Volume II Issue 10

1 comment:

  1. Cool. I like the one where she gets fucked by the worm.