This book is inspired by stories and places in which the author grew up, and those he encountered along the way - as his grandmothers told them to him - his own two legs have tread on hidden paths in the forests that change with the seasons and with the passage of the years. For many who are no longer around and the stories that they took with them. Buried and flattened under the burden of the contemporary world. Illustrations in the book are the result of a long-time exploration, discovery, and creation of different objects, texts, costumes, dolls, pictures, and drawings.
In the visual sense, the complex composition of the deliberate, personally experienced, and top-designed book of Zdenko Bašić lies in the exceptionally artistic interpretation of the illustrator, the magic of the presentation of oral family legends. However, it is difficult to describe the complexity of knowledge necessary in order for Bašić’s system of separate motifs, symbols, and syntax to turn into a final entity of such beauty.
Koraljka Jurčec Kos, art historian