Beth Katleman’s White Rabbit, is an opium-infused, “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired mirror perfect for the surreal times in which we are living. Cast in ethereal white porcelain, White Rabbit mines themes of excess, lost innocence, and a world turned upside down. Inspired by a Chinese Chippendale mirror from the collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and flea-market trinkets from Katleman’s own collection, the work adds a contemporary narrative to the Lewis Carroll classic. A bucolic tea is interrupted by the Mad Hatter (Larry from the Three Stooges); while a caterpillar enjoys his hookah, a tiny duchess peers out from her secret garden and an oversized girl dumps out a cascade of pills from a prescription bottle. Meanwhile, an ominous white rabbit surveys the proceedings from above. With Rococo flourishes, White Rabbit spins a contemporary parable that is both playful and unsettling.
Katleman’s sculptures and installations have been described by Ken Johnson in the New York Times as “doll-sized Rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” White Rabbit adds to Katleman’s unique repertoire of handmade, historically inspired porcelain creations that began with her debut work, Folly, in 2010.
Dimensions: 77” H x 31” W x 7” D
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