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The Fairy Tale Illustrations by Wise Will Taint Your Best Memories

By: Anne Booth - Published: Oct 14, 2013 • References: rachaelwise.tumblr and incrediblethings
Rachael Wise creates horrifying fairy tale illustrations as she modernizes them to take on a blunt, pessimistic edge. The cartoon sketches taint any lovely memories that you may have of your favorite tales, but also stay true to the horror theme that original fairy tales are known for.

Classic stories such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Peter Pan' are taken and rearranged so that they show the brutal nature of contemporary society with a negative outlook. In the 'Peter Pan' sketch, Rachel Wise comments on plastic surgery saying: "The advancements in cosmetic surgery meant Peter never really had to grow up at all...". The image shows Peter being injected with a needle as surgical lines dot his face. This is a reality we are seeing, but Wise uses her fairy tale illustrations to bring about the horrors of contemporary culture and society.