Annika Romeyn’s limited edition hand-bound picture book, “Autumn Leaves”, is soon to be exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka (19 Furneaux St) alongside all the original graphite and watercolour illustrations for the book. All are welcome to attend the official opening at 6pm October 13th while the exhibition continues until October 23rd (gallery hours Wed-Sun 11am-5pm).
The original story Autumn Leaves, written and illustrated by Annika Romeyn, focuses on the simple, but powerful experience of a change in season, both celebrating the beauty of nature and contemplating the process of change. Through the fresh eyes of a girl who lives underneath a tree, Romeyn allows readers, both young and old, to discover a sense of wonder in everyday observations of the world. As the vibrant colours of autumn fade to the grey of winter Romeyn’s detailed drawings and simple text take readers on a journey to realise that change is more than an ending or a cause for sadness, but a process which can bring beauty and wonder never before imagined.
A Canberra local, Annika Romeyn is an emerging artist with a passion for visual storytelling whose work has gained awards and recognition in Australia and abroad. Romeyn was recently selected for the National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Artists (JUMP), allowing her the opportunity to undertake a 10-month mentorship with internationally recognised illustrator Robin Eley, as well receiving a $5000 grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to assist in the development and completion of her original picture book Autumn Leaves.