In celebration of the 150 year anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland comes a freshly eccentric exhibition following the misadventures of Camille Joy Johnston. With large-scale watercolour, ink and gouache works evoking the fairytale format, Johnston’s travels between London and the American Midwest tell stories that are as philosophically poignant as they are comically kitsch. Much like Alice's Adventures, this exhibition is brimming with a fascination between reality, our perceptions of reality and what does and does not appear when one peers through the looking glass. Camille in Wonderland is a show for anyone looking for the excitement and beauty of chance encounters.
Johnston uses personal stories which manage to convey a collective human memory. Instead of the Mad Hatter, there’s an ageing London Gangster turned property tycoon. Instead of Alice’s ‘unbirthday’, it’s Camille’s birthday, which involves two men resembling the walrus and carpenter ranting about governmental conspiracy theories. Unbeknownst to our heroine, the ‘drink me’ potion happens to be a psychedelic substance in a water bottle which synesthetically transports Camille into Manet's 'The Bar at the Folies Bergere.’
Drawing from both popular culture as well as contemporary art and philosophy, each series provides unique insight into humanity through the lense of the adult fairytale.