The following images are part of Shanas exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser some of these works are available for purchase through STALA CONTEMPORARY 13 Cleaver Street West Perth (please click to go to the website)
About the Liminal Space Series
When Alice jumps down the rabbit hole, she is making what sociologist Anthony Giddens would call a fateful decision. Fateful decisions are the type of decisions which could change the trajectory of a life. They are decisions which are not easily reversed – some obvious examples are: getting married, getting divorced, embarking on a course of study or travel, or choosing to have a family.
“In another moment Alice went down after [the white rabbit], never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865).
After jumping one must accept the fall that follows, you cannot change your mind mid-jump or mid-fall. The action has a consequence. The phrase ‘down the rabbit hole’ has in our current time become synonymous with ideas around delving into a subject, becoming immersed and being open to ideas beyond what is known. In this series Shana examines aspects of the liminal space of Alice falling, as a place of transition between the familiar knowing of what was and the uncertainty of what comes next; that moment after the decision has been made but before the outcome is known. Alice can struggle, fall awkwardly and fight against the reality that she is falling; or she can float gracefully (as she does in the original text). These works navigate the process of accepting the fall as a natural consequence of the jump.
Pattern creates an immersive space in these works. Each page is a fragment; inquiring into different moments of the same event. Pattern has many layers of meaning – metaphorically and psychologically – the pattern of being who you are. The repetitive aspects of life which are in direct opposition to that moment of jumping. Repetition is intrinsic to printmaking and these works were made with an embodied pattern of repeated movements. This work also has associations with the Victorian era when Alice in Wonderland was written; a time when wallpaper was made by local artisans hand printing woodblock prints – essentially the same process used to make these linocut monoprints.