Alice in process…

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

20 Nov 2015

Alicedelic Alices by Kuki Benski

Kuki's Alices for me are an amazing puzzle and imaginary scrap book of a sweet and strange bricoleur, full love, happiness, playfulness,  self irony, satire, child like freedom, girly power and subversion, eroticism, mock of clichés, good taste and good behavior, masquerade, intertextual malice readings,  multiple assemblies, and other alicinations…

Kuki Benski
Alicia y la Caja de Sorpresas

read the full interview with the artist and more pictures: 

Inside Studio with Kuki Benski 

"What types of materials do you like to work with while making your creations? 

 I like working with many materials. Some remind me of my childhood for that magical aura that surrounds them - they take me back to a troubled past, and this triggers intense emotions that I then capture in my work. The materials that I use include photos, text, textiles, dolls, toys, embroidery, jewelry, plastic, etc…" Kuki Benski

Kuki Benski

"If you had one dream for the world today what would it be? 

 My dream today is for all human beings to be happy and realize their full potential, lovingly respecting themselves and others, and in this way evolving to become better people with more awareness and a better quality of life. In this way we can save our only refuge, our planet Earth. I think that ART, through its healing powers, can help us all in this regard to find our way to happiness, peace, and love." Kuki Benski

Kuki Benski
Alicia en la conejera sin Fin, 2009

Kuki Benski
Alicia en la conejera sin Fin, 2009

Kuki Benski
Alicia y la Perra, 2009

Kuki Benski
El Salon de Los Gatos

Kuki Benski

Zapatillas intervenidas para Satori, Alice in Wonderland.

Kuki's Facebook Page

"'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'" Alice in Wonderland

"When Alice says that she only knows who she was, she is saying that we are always in motion. And when she was drawn by John Tenniel in Victorian England, a tradition of Alices was born that would follow in this path. But Alice is no longer the Victorian Alice, instead she is a living kaleidoscope of all of the possibilities. How many artists were in fact driven by the need to overcome the stereotypical imagery of the girl and her amazing world, and by the quest for new adventures in expression? Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to that which Alice might come to be. . . ."
Adriana Peliano

Kuki Benski

"As the twentieth century progressed, the concept of illustration underwent profound transformations, in dialogue with the radical changes happening in the visual arts. Artists broke down the barriers between the outside world and the experiences of the mind, questioning the idea of a mimetic approach to illustration. The transformations in the universe of the arts and counterculture were re-creating Alice’s experiences in the mêlée of her dream world and wonderland. At the end of that century, Alice’s looking-glass shattered into a million pieces, spreading within the collective imagination new meta-Alices in a nonsensical, magical hourglass of alicinations.

 The artists and illustrators were driven to discover or invent new relationships between text and pictures. The identity of the subject was subverted by the allure of the unknown and inexplicable. Rather than repeat, illustrators started to provoke and transgress. They questioned the classic idea that art should imitate or interpret an exterior reality. They also began to seek out subversion, paradox, and experimentation. The present time is filled with otherness and difference. Intertextual readings, metalanguage, multiple assemblies, nonlinear narratives. Abracadabra!" 

Three paragraphs from the essay "The Hunting of Alice in Seven Fits"  by Adriana Peliano

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