Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell, on view from June 2-September 2, 2018.
Kirsty Mitchell is an award-winning fine art photographer from Surrey, England. Between 2009 and 2014, she created a deeply personal photographic series titled Wonderland, dedicated in memory to her mother, Maureen, who had passed away from a brain tumor in 2008. Mitchell began the project as an escape from reality and as a way of coping with her grief.
Inspired by her mother’s passion for fairy tales and literature, Mitchell handcrafted elaborate costumes and props to compose and then photograph astonishingly beautiful, fantastical scenes in the lush English landscape surrounding her home. She collaborated with models and hair and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden to bring her story’s characters to life. Mitchell calls herself “an artist with a camera,” rather than a photographer, as a single image may take up to several months to create before releasing the shutter.
Within months of the series’ inception, Wonderland quickly gained a world-wide following as viewers became connected to the artworks and the intense emotions that inspired them. What had started as a small summer project in Mitchell’s kitchen in 2009 evolved into a life-changing journey filled with extraordinary theatrical characters and bursting with all the colors of the passing English seasons. The artist’s five-year project culminated in the extraordinary book Wonderland, which documents all seventy-four photographs in the collection and is now in its second edition.
Featuring a selection of large-scale photographs accompanied by films documenting the artist’s creative process, this is the first U.S. traveling exhibition devoted to the internationally acclaimed Wonderland series.
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Fort Wayne Museum of Art
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