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Ellen Heck

The Dodo and the Caterpillar

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A Small Production of Alice in Wonderland

The narrow, vertical portraits of A Small Production of Alice in Wonderland are carefully rendered costume studies from a children’s production of the famous story. The girls are both in and out of character – in costume, but not staged in scenes from the play itself. The pieces are tightly focused on the subjects, which each stand alone in a butter yellow column, sometimes arranged in coordinating diptychs. The narrative theme of the series is that of identity and relationships: each girl’s position with regard to her own role, her character’s relationship to others in the story, as well as the dynamics of the girls themselves outside of the framework of the performance. These bundled connections are compressed into each portrait, layering narrative that is subtly revealed through the position of a hand, the direction of the eyes, the tilt of a crown.

Edition of 5.

Woodcut and drypoint.

60cm x 45cm (image size)
75cm x 57cm (paper size)


Ellen Heck has degrees in printmaking and painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in philosophy from Brown University. She is currently living and working as a fine art printmaker in California. She has work in many notable collections including the V & A, Dartmouth University Library and The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA.

Ellen’s work was selected to be shown during International Print Biennale 2014, during which she won 2 prizes – the Northern Print International Residency Prize and the V&A Print Prize, which gave the artist the opportunity to have their winning print/s included in the V&A's collection and featured on the V&A's website with text about the work by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints)

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Own Art
If you would like to pay for this print in ten manageable monthly instalments of £67.00 then why not make your purchase through the national Own Art scheme? Own Art interest free loans are awarded subject to status and you can find out more about the initiative HERE. Own Art applications can be made by telephone as well as in person so call us on 0191 261 7000 and soon Ellen's print could be all yours to enjoy.


Est. 1994

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