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SHAUN TAN – THE SINGING BONES
Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones is an exhibition of seventy small clay sculptures inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales. Among familiar classics such as Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel & Gretel are lesser known but equally intriguing stories such as Hans my Hedgehog, The Blue Light and Mother Trudy, all first published 200 years ago. Shaun’s interest in experimental illustration here finds a third dimension, returning to the favoured media of his own childhood – papier-mâché and clay – as well as drawing inspiration from Central American and Inuit folk art traditions following trips to Mexico City and British Columbia. The exhibition coincides with the publication of the book The Singing Bones by Allen & Unwin, with a foreword by Philip Pullman and introduction by renowned Grimm scholar Jack Zipes.
Press for the Singing Bones
Junkee – “They Always Felt Like A Dream”: Shaun Tan’s Made You A Very Unconventional Book Of Fairytales
Sydney Morning Herald – Once upon a time: Shaun Tan reimagines the grim fairy tales of our childhood
Sydney Morning Herald – The Singing Bones review: Shaun Tan’s sculptured approach to Grimms’ fairytales
The Weekly Review – Brothers Grimm fantasies brought to life