Alice in Lockdown

MArta Zubieta
Equating the dream logic of Lewis Carroll with the lived political reality of Covid19.

Alice in Lockdown is a A self-directed illustration project where Zubieta explores the confusion and self transformation journey we have gone through since the beginning of Lockdown.

Bringing vibrant colour to often bleak subjects, Zubieta explores the millennial culture and its issues through pink tinted glasses, neon colours and dreamy characters. Zubieta found in Alice the perfect metaphor to explore the reality she was living in during the outburst of Covid 19. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland represents the child's struggle to survive in the confusing world of adults. To understand our adult world, Alice has to overcome the open-mindedness that is characteristic for children. Apparently, adults need rules to live by. Going down the rabbit hole: in the book is a representation  of going into the unconscious, connected with lockdown, Covid-19 seems to be the hole that has trapped us all at home, forcing us to deal with our inner monsters but also with the voice we listen to the most; the mass  media.


Alice in Lockdown

‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?'


Down The Rabbit Hole

Poem x Artwork by Word In Canvas (@wordincanvas)

Alice in Lockdown

 Have we gone mad?

Down the habit hole

Descending into this world of picturless control

Scrolling the statistics served by the screen of charts

At least the hedgehogs can now roll free through our empty parks

Why sometimes I’ve disbelieved as many as six explanations to all this before breakfast

Getting curisor and curisor as the days drag on

Curious little oysters aren’t we whilst its’ all convenient for us in our shells.

Hell I even find myself talking to the flowers

Waiting for the usurper to grant us back our powers? 

What powers? The one we had to wet to our whistles? whilst they fiddle with our freedoms and plan their next riddles.

Off with their heads!

Off of our heads more like, consume, consume and then go back to bed.

Home comforts

Home? Never alone

There’ll always be the sound their words and the drone.

Cups of tea with sweet sweet 5G

We’re much too small and they’ve got the key

You see I’m lost in Ponderland trying to escape my home

Locked in…whilst they watch us roam.


The Jester


Keep Calm & Have Another Cuppa

Keep calm and have another cup of tea,

Keep calm and sell it off,

Keep calm and clap along.

Extract by the Mad Hatter from the Lewis Carrol Book:

"Blood, sweat and tea, sister! That's what it take to achieve all great and terrible things.


The Tea Party 

The Mad Hatters Invitation the official Tea Party, By @Wordincanvas

 The Mad Hatter inconveniently invites you to attend the corona party, come come all we must commence with this befuddlement and such it’ll be very very rude indeed if you don’t fall in line and keep your distance at our signs. We’ve gone to great many lengths to make this as straightforward for you as possible. Improbable you say? Do you have any idea why a raven is like a virus? Unkindness! Now now let’s not dampen spirits you’ve only just arrived, you must, you must have a cup of tea and have a go on our sweet sweet 5G, it’s truly the best in all of silly gits end. Am I making sense?

Oh what delightful entertainment we do have in store, Piccaninnies on their knees, no financial guarantees. Now now everybody at ease and have another cup of tea it’s going to be a bloody breeze. Now dress accordingly as one shall need a mask of their own, everybody shall wear one untold otherwise by somebody not wearing one. Masks can be removed, as and when everybody isn’t. And contrary wise, when wearing said Mask, you shouldn’t if and when everybody else is or there really wouldn’t be a need when one at the party isn’t wearing one, you see? Now keep up or you’ll get a pat on the bottom and sent on your way! Now I hope everybody has a delightful summer soiree.



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