Art Show: Welcome to Ajanabh
Catherynne M. Valente's new novel The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice (Bantam Spectra Oct. 2007) concludes the work begun in her Tiptree Award-winning The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden (illustrated by Michael Kaluta). She writes: "The Orphan's Tales was meant to be a complete folkloric system--and to that end, I asked artists all over the country to create folk art based on the folktales of the novel, and the phenomenally talented S.J. Tucker to lend her astonishing voice to the project."
The work of twenty-one artists will be shown at a traveling gallery show featuring readings by Valente and songs from the tie-in album "Solace and Sorrow," by Tucker. The show was, Valente says, "designed and conceived as a tribal event, bringing together music, textiles, jewelry, painting, sculpture, leatherworking, paper arts, and literature to create a single work which transcends the simple novel. . . . All of these creations will be auctioned to benefit the Interstitial Arts Foundation. We invite all who are interested in the strange meeting places of disparate arts to come and experience the artifacts of a culture that never was..."
Below is the incredible work of 22 artists who stepped into the world of The Orphan's Tales: this is what they brought back with them.