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Fairy tales re-told

January 2, 2010

‘Detailing fairy tales can take away something important: the space between lines that allows us to insert ourselves into the picture. Fairy tales say little and imply much. Their nearly universal appeal depends more on suggestion than description, leaving us to imagine a range of personal and cultural particulars. We have all felt abandoned even if we have not been neglected or abused. That’s why people with such diverse backgrounds relate to Cinderella.’

From an article by Betsy Hearne in The New York Times Book Review, November 19, 2000.

Drawing with Scissors

November 23, 2009

Cover of ‘Jazz‘ by Henri Matisse

The cover and page from the book ‘Jazz‘ in 1947. Matisse provided his own text for the images. He explains his reason for using his own handwritten thoughts, interesting that the text is perhaps secondary to the image:

I’d like to introduce my color prints under the most favorable of conditions. For this reason I must separate them by intervals of a different character. I decided that handwriting was best suited for this purpose. The exceptional size of the writing seems necessary to me in order to be in a decorative relationship with the character of the color prints. These pages, therefore will serve only to accompany my colors, just as asters help in the composition of a bouquet of more important flowers. Their role is purely visual.’

Vanessa Jane Phaff

November 15, 2009


Silkscreen on canvas from Little Red Riding Hood (2002) included in an exhibition ‘Fairy Tale’ curated by Angela Kingston

Kiki Smith

November 15, 2009

A lithograph by Kiki Smith titled Born (2002)

Little Red Riding Hood Meets the Wolf

November 4, 2009


This famous engraving by Gustav Dore in 1862 depicts the first encounter between Little Red and the wolf. After looking at a lot of the illustrated versions of this story, I found his engravings quite interesting. This one in particular is very suggestive. Little Red is staring longingly into the wolf’s eyes and the large figure of the wolf surrounds and absorbs her completely. There is a clever mirroring between both figures; they are almost one in the same figure.