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The Little Mermaid - A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever

The Little Mermaid - A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever

Author: Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by Yayoi Kusama
$60.00(AUD)  inc GST

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid (1839), a story about a girl from the sea who followed her dreams and suffered a disastrous fate on land, is known all over the world (particularly in its animated incarnation). But the familiar story is brought to new life in this gorgeous edition, a collaboration between the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and artist Yayoi Kusama. Paired with Hans Christian Andersen's original text, the densely patterned, undulating line drawings of Kusama's Love Forever series (2004-7) conjure up storms in the roiling waves of the ocean, the Little Mermaid's vast underwater kingdom and her longing to live in the human world. Kusama's fertile, endlessly repeating forms are an ideal match for the poetic and disturbing universe evoked in the fairy tale; the result is a true collaboration. Kusama's drawings both illustrate and interpret Andersen's story, bringing it to terrifying life, and Andersen's words lend narrative content to Kusama's landscapes of unblinking eyes, curling tendrils and disembodied profiles.

Her bold, undulating lines, however, bring Andersen's narrative to life, covering pages with waving and wriggling patterns; fanciful plants suggestive of wondrous aquatic wildlife; motifs resembling tentacles and waves; and an abundance of enigmatic, watchful eyes. The repetition of shapes and doodled figures forms a fluid stream of images around Andersen's prose, giving it new and exciting energy. The images and text build a world that might just be as fantastic and mysterious as the one that the little mermaid saw when she ascended from the depths of the sea for the first time.--Claire Voon "Hyperallergic "
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General Fields

  • : 9788792877598
  • : Louisiana
  • : Louisiana
  • : 333mm X 203mm X 18mm
  • : Denmark
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by Yayoi Kusama
  • : Hardback
  • : 96