42 Lewis Carroll Would Approve

Life and Chess

Joseph Sarafian

In “Through the Looking-Glass,” the characters are represented as chess pieces—but some of their moves mysteriously defy the rules of the game. Sarafian makes concrete the distorted reality of Carroll’s chess metaphor with a large-format print that causes the viewer to question their perception of space. The layout represents Alice’s initial perspective when given free will to “move about the board,” but appears to blur the boundary between chess and reality—as happens in the book.

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