Alice in Wonderland mirror painting
The Mushroom Dilemma: Alice in Wonderland
The Mushroom Dilemma: Alice in Wonderland

The Mushroom Dilemma: Alice in Wonderland

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'So you think you're changed, do you?'

'I'm afraid I am, sir,' said Alice; 'I can't remember things as I used — and I don't keep the same size for ten minutes together!'

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'One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.'

'One side of what? The other side of what?' thought Alice to herself.

'Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.

Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I will never know what will happen until I take that first bite... and then I might wonder what could have happened if I chose the other side. I could also ask, where the line that divides one side from the other sits? Perhaps one side is the top, and the other the bottom? Perhaps one side is to the right of the vanishing caterpillar, and the other to the left? Or perhaps it is ever-changing as I circle around the mysterious fungi....

Acrylic and aluminium on mirror.
42cm x 42cm