Work of the Week — “Faces in Flowers” by Lily Byrd
by Sadie Allen
I recall the first time I read Alice in Wonderland. I was in the third grade and had stumbled upon it in my elementary school library. I was initially drawn to the whimsical illustrations, but as soon as I began reading it I fell even more in love with the iconic fairytale. After that, I watched the old Disney film and adored its dreamy nature, particularly the characters of the Cheshire Cat and the singing flowers. This oil painting by Lily Byrd, Faces in Flowers, reminded me of the whimsy of the movie and story. Hidden amongst the flowers are tiny faces, complete with beady, wondering eyes and calm faces, just like those in Alice in Wonderland.
Artwork above: Lily Byrd, Faces in Flowers, 1968, oil, 20.37 x 16.12 inches. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Pearce Roberts, Jr. Permanent Collection. 1983.04.21.