Images from Mirror.
Source: Jeannie Baker
See the work of renowned children’s author and artist Jeannie Baker.
Explore the story of two boys from two worlds that could not be further apart. Despite a great geographical and culture separation, their lives mirror one another in essential ways.
Jeannie's vibrant works present a visual story that both contrasts and reveals the parallels in the everyday life of a boy in Australia and a boy in a remote Berber village in Morocco. The collages take us on a journey that reveals more similarities than differences between the two cultures. It's an exhibition of works that every child should see and that people of all ages will enjoy.
The settings I chose for the families in the story are the Valley of Roses (famous for its rose perfume) in southern Morocco and my home in Sydney, Australia. The images started as drawings. Using these drawings as a guide, I then made collages. These were constructed layer by layer on a wooden baseboard using a combination of natural and artificial materials such as sand, earth, clay, paints, vegetation, paper, fabric, wool, tin and plastic. The natural materials were preserved and fresh colouring added.