Hip hip! It's ready for the world! This is a 96-page, fullcolour feminist scrapbook & diary called THE SELVES. It is about the many possible selves a single individual could be can be in a lifetime. It follows a baby being born from a cherry blossom who blossoms into a small child, little girl, adolescent, teenager, lady, kidwoman and Queen Elizabeth. The cast of characters includes: Princess Diana, Degrassi Kids, Angelina Jolie, Olsen Twins, Marilyn Monroe, Hollie Hobbie and Stevie Nicks to name a few. Other references include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Black Sabbath, Judy Chicago, Heart and MORE.The selves appear by way of collage, illustration and poetry.
"I'm a million different people from one day to the next i can't change my moldno no no no no"
A nod to the 1997 sweeping epic song 'Bittersweet Symphony', the title inspired by the 1976 made-for-TV movie based on the book 'Sybil' and referencing a device used in Todd Solodnz' 2004 film 'Palindromes'wherein he uses several actors of varying race and gender to play a young girl.
"Sonja Ahlers' meditations on childhood, pop culture and feminine power are beyond entertaining.
Entering the alternate reality she has created in The Selves, I found myself standing somewhere
seductive, familiar and very funny."