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THE GOVERNOR OF NSW LAUNCHES MIRROR BOOK & EXHIBITION

In a major publishing event, renowned artist Jeannie Baker’s new picture book Mirror was officially launched at the Museum of Sydney on Wednesday 18 August 2010 by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW.

Over two hundred people gathered to celebrate the publication of what many believe to be Jeannie’s best book yet. Featuring intricate, eye-catching artworks, the original collages are now exhibited to the public at the Museum of Sydney.

Mirror tells a dual story of two families, one in Sydney, Australia, the other in the Valley of Roses, Morocco. In this wordless book, a day in the life of the two families can be ‘read’ simultaneously, enabling the reader to draw parallels between the two families and cultures while picking up the underlying mirror theme as reinforced by the book’s title.

“We are privileged to celebrate the innovation and creativity of Jeannie Baker’s new work which always perfectly captures a leading issue in the Zeitgeist,” says Sarah Foster, Managing Director of Walker Books. “Jeannie Baker is unique in the way she has the power to convey in miniature detail immense ideas.”

The idea for Mirror was inspired by a trip Jeannie undertook to Morocco. In addition to previewing with wonder and delight the mounted original artworks that comprise the Mirror exhibition, attendees were treated to a presentation of beautiful photographs from Jeannie’s time there. Combined with a delicious service of North African styled teas and canapés, and music from the region, many felt they had been briefly transported to an evening in Morocco.

With a life-long passion and work commitment to childhood health, literacy and indigenous cultures, the Governor of NSW launched both the book and art exhibition and proclaimed the work to be “a panorama of humanity”.

Jeannie’s original works for Mirror are currently on exhibition to the public at the Museum of Sydney until 10 October, 2010 before travelling to seven venues around the country in a national touring exhibition.

The book and exhibition has received the support of the Australian Government, the Australian Council for the Arts and the Council for Australian-Arab Relations.

For further information or to request an interview with Jeannie Baker, please contact out Publicist Juliet Izatt

Last updated on 26/08/10 at 04:07:53
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