Your sister’s mindless conversation is boring you and you look up at the sky. Radiant sun right above you, glistening blue all around. Your mind wanders and out of the corner of your eye, you notice a white rabbit, running in the distance; a welcome distraction. Before you know it, you’ve arrived somewhere you’ll have trouble getting back from. The rabbit is nowhere to be seen. All of a sudden, you trip and start falling… until eventually you stop. You get up and look around. Everything is different; upside down and twisted. Your name isn’t Alice, but it might as well be.
This story reminds most of us of a fictional fairy tale; a collection of surrealist impossibilities sewn together with words. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is unlike most of us, because she has special hallucinatory powers that allow her to see in polka dots, a surrealist vision like the ones Alice was privy to in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is with this ability that Kusama can make art absolutely unique. It is also with this ability that she is so perfectly suited to illustrate such a classic children’s book. So Penguin Books made it happen. The pages of Alice are richly colorful and vivid with imagery, not to mention intricately sprinkled with polka dots. Copies are already sold out, which only further proves this edition’s special factor.
[via Huffington Post]