For Immediate Release
Contact:  Pattie Pardee
386.734.4371
pardee@moartdeland.org

 
 
 
 
 

KIRSTY MITCHELL’S MAGICAL WONDERLAND COMES TO

THE MUSEUM OF ART - DELAND

Photography exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist opens January 10, 2020

 
 
 
 
 

DELAND, FL – December 30, 2019 – The Museum of Art – DeLand  is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell, which opens with a members reception from 5-7 pm on January 10, 2020 and runs through March 29, 2020.   


Kirsty Mitchell is an award-winning fine art photographer from Surrey, England. Between 2009 and 2014, she created a deeply personal photographic series titled Wonderland, dedicated in memory to her mother, Maureen, who had passed away from a brain tumor in 2008. Mitchell began the project as an escape from reality and as a way of coping with her grief.


Inspired by her mother’s passion for fairy tales and literature, Mitchell handcrafted elaborate costumes and props to compose and then photograph astonishingly beautiful, fantastical scenes in the lush English landscape surrounding her home. She collaborated with models and hair and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden to bring her story’s characters to life. Mitchell calls herself “an artist with a camera,” rather than a photographer, as a single image may take up to several months to create before releasing the shutter.


Within months of the series’ inception, Wonderland quickly gained a worldwide following as viewers became connected to the artworks and the intense emotions that inspired them. What had started as a small summer project in Mitchell’s kitchen in 2009 evolved into a life-changing journey filled with extraordinary theatrical characters and bursting with all the colors of the passing English seasons. The artist’s five-year project culminated in the extraordinary book Wonderland, which documents all seventy-four photographs in the collection and is now in its second edition.


Featuring a selection of large-scale photographs accompanied by films documenting the artist’s creative process, this is the first U.S. traveling exhibition devoted to the internationally acclaimed Wonderland series.


Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell will be on view January 11 - March 29, 2020 at the Museum of Art - DeLand, located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 and free to children under the age of 12, Volusia County School Students and Stetson University Students.  An opening reception for members of the Museum of Art – DeLand will be held on January 10, 2020 from 5-7 pm.  The reception is free for members / non-members $20.                     


For more information, please visit moartdeland.org or contact Pattie Pardee at pardee@moartdeland.org.   High-res images are available upon request.        


About the Museum of Art – DeLand

The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive visual arts museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and educational use of the fine arts in Central Florida.  Established in 1951, the Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is comprised of a 23,000 square foot arts facility housing five galleries on two levels located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. Enriching the community through its permanent collection, art exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum is a source of cultural focus and is recognized statewide by its peers for academic excellence and community outreach.  The Museum is supported by its Guild, Krewe Nouveau, grants, admissions, generous patrons and donors, and Museum Store adjacent to its galleries in Downtown DeLand.  To learn more about the Museum, its programming exhibits and opportunities to engage with the Arts visit us at www.MoArtDeLand.org or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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Photo: Kirsty Mitchell, The Stars of Spring Will Carry You Home, 2014
 
 
 
 
Photo: Kirsty Mitchell, The Faraway Tree, 2012 (Detail)
 
 
 
 
Photo: Kirsty Mitchell, Gaia: The Birth of an End, 2013 (Detail)