The 8th Square

The 8th Square is the penultimate exhibition in The Alice Sequence.

In Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice was confronted by giant game of chess. Her task was to negotiate herself towards the eighth square where her status as white pawn would be changed to that of Queen, a position that she aspired to. Her journey across the chequered landscape did not subscribe to the rules of chess but followed its own “mad” narrative. Along the way she makes a number of characters including the Red and White Queens, the White Knight, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and Humpty Dumpty. The story begins and ends with the black kitten transmogrifying into the Red Queen and back again. “Now, Kitty!” [Alice] cried, clapping her hands triumphantly. “Confess that was what you turned into!”. The basic tenet of the exhibition was illustrated in an aphorism I fixed to the gallery wall, “You know you are not real”! As the Unicorn said to Alice, “Well, now we have seen each other, if you believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”.