Modern Day Wonderland

At first glance, Alice in Wonderland is just another children's story with a lost girl encountering a band of fantastical characters in her effort to get back home. But, this is a story full of temptation, intoxication, and a young girl running away from home. This is a story that many runaways and teens at risk identify with even 150 years after it was written.

This design is inspired by a modern look at the world of Wonderland, where opiates are replaced by prescription pills and there is the temptation to sneak into the liquor cabinet instead of down the rabbit hole. This design sends a message that we all have our own methods of escaping the real world but some are more dangerous than others, especially if you are a young person trying to make it on your own. This illustration was commissioned based on conversations with young people who are part of the Tokii Teens at Risk Project.

What do you think of this design?  What images and thoughts does it conjure up in you and how does it help show the world who you are?  Add to the conversation by commenting below.




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Meghan
Meghan

February 03, 2016

The allusions to recreational drug use throughout Alice in Wonderland are blatant and for years the story’s ideals have been embraced by drug culture. Addicts of all backgrounds seek out a “wonderland” of their own. However, this image puts a dark spin on Alice. Bright colors have been replaced with dark purples and teals, and the familiar characters we grew up with us stare menacingly. This is obviously in reference of the “rabbit hole” drug usage can lead us down towards dependency and death.

Allison
Allison

January 18, 2016

Alice In Wonderland has always had some bizarre imagery. Its surreal landscape and interpretations never cease to amaze me. I think this artist took a dark spin on the story unlike what Disney portrays because it speaks to a lot of troubled youth who go down the wrong path.

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