on 30 January 2001
Jeannie Baker's latest book contains dazzlingly realistic images. The illustrations in "Hidden Forest" are photographs of her gallery works that are 3-dimensional constructions, made up of a translucent collage of materials illuminated from behind in a light box. They are truly remarkable with their vividness and accuracy of representation. There is a strong environmental theme running through Jeannie's works. In this story it is the fragility of the marine environment that is the focus of the story.
Young Ben has to go diving in the Kelp Forest to learn about the beauty and special qualities of this underwater world.
This is a truly magnificent book. Look out for an exhibition of Jeannie's artworks if it tours near you.