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My Alice

 

My Alice

 

A Table of Contents

Act I: Chase After The Moon Rabbit

Act II: Which Way I Ought to Go From Here?

Act III: We are All Mad Here

Intermezzo: Behind the Red Curtain

Act IV: On and Off, For Days and Days

Act V: Who Are You?

Act VI: The Finale

Epilogue: Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers

Detail Informations

 

Before You Read...

I made this book with a desire to share myjourney to nd true identity that de nes whoI really am. Facing with reality ahead of my graduation, I wanted to pour out everything I have and learned from the four years of education.

The project is a revisioned Alice in Wonder- land, by Louis Carol, with Korean folktales and traditional aesthetics, however, Alice in Wonderland inspiration is only a small part of this story. The story I projected throguh the series of drawings and on this book is completely about mysef.

Borrowing the story-line of Alice in Wonder-land, I’ve created a visual theatrical scriptabout my journey. Each segment of drawing cotains important visual elements that repre- sent various perspectives that describe my identity: a Korean immigrant, woman, artist and a Christian.

 

Act I: Chase After The Moon Rabbit

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“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so sud- denly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well”.
[Alice in Wonderland]
The Moon Rabbit is coming to our town, Time has come,
to chase after the rabbit.
Go catch a falling fortune from the sky, Never once consider what will happen next;
Never once doubt for what you chase after.
Take a journey, that may be the longest in your life,
With a shell of fortune in your hand, that may be just a fortune cookie.
 

act ii: which way i ought to go from here?

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“Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where-“
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”“-so long as I get somewhere.”
“Oh, you’re sure Tod o that, if you only walklong enough.”
[Alice in Wonderland]

I was told to go, so I did;
from the morning sun to the night stars, I walked, until I stand on a cross-road. Oh, the spirit of wisdom,
which way I ought to go from here?Night’s running out,
someone tell me what to do.
Shall I chase after the lights or
run with the wind?
As long as I get somewhere,
I shall walk long enough,
enough until the moon obscures.

 

act iii: we are all mad here

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“But I don’t want to go among mad people”said Alice.
“Oh you can’t help that. We are all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” Said the MadHatter.
“How do you know I’m mad?”
“You must be” said the Mad Hatter. “Or you couldn’t have come here”.
[Alice in Wonderland]

I came to this world of madness
See what they brought on the table— Smoke cigarettes, drink wines
and cuddle
They cry for the madness, and giggle

for the crying
They welcome me, telling me that I’vebecome one of them
I tell them I’m not mad, I was once, but now I’m awake
They say because the world is mad, they are mad
I tell them, its you who are mad, not the world

 

intermezzo: behind the red curtain

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Act iv: on and off, days and days

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“There’s no sort of use in knocking” said the Foot- man.
“Please then, how am I to get in?” Said Alice.
“I shall sit here” the Foot man remarked, “till tomor- row-“
“I shall sit here, on and off, for days and days-““he’s perfectly idiotic!” Said Alice, and she openedthe door and went in.
[Alice in Wonderland]

Sometimes God is like a philosopher— He throws a question into the world, And we seek for the answer.
Today I found a clue at my feet,

that perhaps God had thrown at me I know where I can get the answer, Its right there, across the door.
But sometimes you just wait,

Even though you know the answer.Let the time do what’s supposed to be

done for you.

 

act v: who are yOU?

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“Who are YOU?” Said the Caterpillar.This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly. “I hardly know, sir, just as present- at leastI know who I WAS when I got up this morn- ing, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
[Alice in Wonderland]

Who are you?
The Great Snake asks me who I am.
I know who I am but I can hardly de- scribe myself now.
Why?
I want to de ne my self better than Iused to describe who I was
I changed from this morning till now, as I took this journey
As I walked until the sun became a moon,
And moon obscured, I changed that much.

So, who are YOU?

 

act vi: tHE Finale

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“I could tell you my adventures-beginningfrom this morning. But it’s no use goingback to yesterday, because I was a differ- ent person then.”
[Alice in Wonderland]

I was a different person yesterday— The journey I took may be short, but it was long enough,
Enough time,

for a girl to be a woman.Now I can de ne myself,much better than I was—

 

epilogue: dream within a dream

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