Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell

June 17, 2017 to October 15, 2017

Kirsty Mitchell is an award-winning fine art photographer from Surrey, England. For the past six years, she has worked on a deeply personal photographic series dedicated to her mother, Maureen, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2008. Kirsty began the project as an escape from reality and a way of coming to terms with her grief. Trained as a fashion designer, she created elaborate costumes and props and collaborated with hair and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden to compose and then photograph astonishingly beautiful, fantastical scenes in the lush local landscape. Within months of the series’ inception, Wonderland quickly gained a world-wide following as viewers became connected to the artworks and the intense emotions that inspired them. 

What started as a small summer project in Kirsty's kitchen, suddenly grew into a life-changing journey filled with extraordinary theatrical characters and bursting with all the colors of the passing English seasons. The series culminated in the 2015 publication of The Wonderland Book and, due to overwhelming demand, a second-edition printing in Fall 2016. Featuring a selection of large-scale artworks accompanied by videos documenting the artist’s creative process, this exhibition is the first to introduce Wonderland to American museum audiences.

Banner image: Kirsty Mitchell, The Ghost Swift (detail), 2012

Kirsty Mitchell, She'll Wait for You in the Shadows of Summer, 2013
Kirsty Mitchell, She'll Wait for You in the Shadows of Summer, 2013
Kirsty Mitchell, The Stars of Spring Will Carry You Home (detail), 2014
Kirsty Mitchell, The Stars of Spring Will Carry You Home (detail), 2014
Kirsty Mitchell, The Journey Home, 2013
Kirsty Mitchell, The Journey Home, 2013

Hours & Admission

11:00 am-4:00 pm
Closed Mondays and July 4th

$9 Adult, $5 Youth (ages 5-17)
Free Children (ages 4 and under)
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On Wednesdays, admission for Seniors (age 62 and older) and Students (with valid I.D.) is $5.

Location & Parking

The Paine is located at 1410 Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Visitors may park in a new parking lot on Algoma Boulevard located next to the Paine mansion, which offers accessible parking spaces and a drop off area near the entrance gate.

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Q&A with Kirsty Mitchell

On Monday, September 18th at 7:00 PM, Kirsty Mitchell will participate in a Q&A session at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. This event is free to the public and no reservation is required. 

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Luncheon with Kirsty Mitchell - Sold Out

On Tuesday, September 19th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the Paine is hosting a luncheon and book-signing event with Kirsty Mitchell. Reservations are required, and this event is sold-out. 

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Educational Programs

The Paine has a series of educational programs for youth and adults planned to complement the Wonderland exhibition. 

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The Wonderland Book

A limited number of the second edition printing of The Wonderland Book is available for purchase from the Paine.

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Learn More About Kirsty Mitchell 

To see more of Kirsty Mitchell's photography, visit her website, which also features several documentary videos of her work.

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11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 235-6903