The most popular children’s stories feature a familiar cast of characters such as princesses or pirates and are set in places like castles or faraway enchanted lands, but what happens when you turn these well-known tales on their heads? Told and Retold features works from Studio Goodwin Sturges that pick up the threads of seasoned stories and weave them into new contexts with unexpected twists. These artworks illustrate novel narratives about famous personalities like Puff the Magic Dragon or Mark Twain and invigorates oft-told tales with new characters and alternative places.
Studio Goodwin Sturges is an artists’ agency dedicated to nurturing creative talent and developing quality literature for children. Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, owner and founder of the studio, is also a professor of illustration at Rhode Island School of Design, and she and her staff work to foster the growth of each artist in the studio. The agency works with children’s book publishers across the country and with more than 40 artists and authors from around the world.
Each of the eight artists whose work is featured in Told and Retold uses different illustration techniques, from textiles and found objects to pencil, paint, and digital media. Preparatory sketches accompany the original illustrations on view affording the opportunity to gain insight into the artists’ working processes and explorations of materials. The exhibition thus not only offers the chance to experience favorite stories in new and fascinating ways but to explore the various paths that led to these inventive retellings.