McArthur Fellows Carrie Mae Weems and Anna Schuleit Haber give insightful perspectives on “Snow White” and “The Story of Schlauraffenland,” artist Kiki Smith, one of Time‘s 100 People Who Shape Our World, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer DJ Spooky both provide fresh takes on “Little Red Riding Hood,” Guggenheim Award winner Lothar Osterburg reimagines Maid Maleen’s tower, Turner Prize Nominee Yinka Shonibare MBE offers an iconic image for “The Ditmarsch Tall Tale,” and Fulbright winners David Packer and Margaret Lanzetta provide a new lens to view “Snow White and Rose Red.” Additionally, 22 other established and emerging artists have contributed artworks for our readers to marvel over.
We are especially lucky to have an introduction to this new Grimms’ collection penned by Booker short-listed and New York Times bestselling writer Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Jane Austen Book Club, Black Glass, and more. As writer Michael Chabon observed, “No contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness, than she does.”
The contemporary artwork in Mirror Mirrored is the cornerstone of our project and breathes new life into these tales that were collected more than 200 years ago but have just as much relevance today as when they were first written down. We hope, by combining these timeless stories with a new generation of artists, to create a book that will be treasured and passed down from the readers to their children and grandchildren, just as the Grimms’ tales have been passed down through the generations.