Linocut Print • 2016
Scanned image of Alice at the Wall

About the Project

Alice at the Wall is a reduction linocut print based on a chapter of Lewis Carroll’s classic Through the Looking Glass. In the story, Alice meets Humpty Dumpty seated atop a narrow wall, and the two engage in a war of words. 

The scenario as Carroll wrote it brought to mind the real-life wars of words which marked the presidential campaign and eventual administration of Donald Trump. Among his campaign promises was the construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States. 

The visual of the wall and the rhyming of the names made the comparison incredibly apt. Depicting the businessman-turned-politician as the fabled egg-being was only natural.

This piece was selected as part of Eudaimonia, the nineteenth Thacher Annual, an exhibition of art and design work by students at the University of San Francisco. The exhibition featured work by 39 students and ran from May 4 through June 29, 2018, at the Thacher Gallery on USF’s campus.

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“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nore less.”
Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll, 1871
On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border. We will use the best technology, including above-and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out the criminal cartels, and Mexico will pay for the wall.
Campaign speech on immigration policy
Donald Trump, 2016

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Alice at the Wall on display
Alice at the Wall on display