This altered book, inside a clamshell box, began as a 1917 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, with 42 illustrations by John Tenniel. The edition was published by The MacMillan Company, New York, and was printed from electrotypes of the original wood-blocks.
Altered throughout the entire text of the book, every occurrence of “Alice” was collaged over with the name “Elvis” printed on tiny pieces of paper. Photographs of Elvis Presley torn from magazines, books, and postcards were collaged over Alice’s face and some hands.
Inspiration for the red leather book inside of a pearl white, rhinestone, and metal studded book box came from Elvis’s elaborately decorated sunburst stage costumes. This altered book is a collaboration with Carmen West.