PHYLLIS ODESSEY

Down, down, down…

 “Down, down, down…I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards! The antipathies, I think -”. Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland.

It’s not  often I get the opportunity to give  one of my sisters a shout out!  My sister, Mabel Odessey currently has an exhibition at the Oxford Botanic Garden in the UK. 

Alice in the Garden
July 7 until the end of August
Mabel Odessey
Oxford Botanic Garden
University of Oxford
“This exhibition takes the form of an outdoor installation of 20 pinhole photographs. The photographs will be placed throughout the Garden much like our plant labels. The images will be accompanied by passages from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. 

The subject of these pinhole photographs are marionnettes made by the English artist Margaret Littleton Cook(1940s). They explore the characters as representations of psycological states and Alice’s dream of wonderland as a spiritual journey. To come upon images in the garden unexpectedly much like Alice was confronted by characters in the books will give her psychological journey a geographic sense. 

The installation considers the qualities of different spaces in the garden and uses the shady places for the darker more mysterious photographs, and more open spaces to echo the images of understanding and clarity. Aligning physical phenomena to metaphor and Carroll’s text, visitors are invited to freshen their own perceptions and experience the Garden with wonder, imagination and curiosity.” from Oxford Botanic Garden website

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