A preliminary sketch for the ‘Alice’ series

Given the erotic potential of this classic tale of a little girl exploring a dream world of strange characters, it is surprising that so few illustrators have this aspect of explored Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a source of inspiration. As far as we are aware, the only other artist to explore the erotic possibilities with any understanding of the original is Silvio Cadelo in his Perverse Alice, which you can see here.

A commission from the Japanese magazine Goddess Love, Sardax’s creative juices clearly flowed in these beautiful paintings, which combine his trademark style and content with a sensitive regard for both the text and the original Tenniel illustrations.

Sardax writes of this series, ‘There really was only one mistress in London to model for this – Alice Malice – who like me feels such an close connection with the book. I approached her and she said she’d be delighted to pose. They were a joy to produce, as I had such a clear conception of ‘Femdom Alice’. I looked at the illustrations by John Tenniel and tried to keep closely to the way he had depicted the story. Rather than any luridly trashy fashion you might find in Alice-themed partywear, I wanted her dress to be classic and simple, but adding short black gloves and ankle boots to give it a powerful kinky edge. The watercolour style gives it that traditional old-fashioned look. I didn’t know it when I started,  but 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication, so it was an apt choice of subject matter. I hope Lewis Carroll would approve – if not, at least forgive.’