The fantastical world of lush England woodlands will be making its way to the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. “Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell” will showcase large-scale photographs of theatrical characters set against elaborate scenes bursting with colors of the passing English seasons. Mitchell is an award-winning photographer and fashion designer from Surrey, England. She has collaborated with hair and makeup artist Elbie Van Eeden to compose intense, dream-like versions of her homeland.
Each piece will be accompanied by videos documenting the artist’s creative process. Mitchell has dedicated this series to her mother, Maureen, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2008. “Wonderland” is not only an escape from reality, it is a way for the artist to come to terms with her grief. Mitchell quickly gained a worldwide following and has made the series available to all viewers in “The Wonderland Book.” The Paine will be introducing Mitchell’s work for the first time at an American museum, from June 17 to October 15 in the Main Gallery. Members of the museum can preview the exhibit on June 16, where Laura Fiser, the Paine’s curator of collections and exhibitions, will lead a gallery talk.
More summer events at the Paine Art Center and Gardens can be found on their website.