Inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are - one of my all time favourite stories. The persona here is Bunnyman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and indeterminacy. It will go wherever floats its boat.
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was titled 'Where the Wild Horses Are’ until Maurice Sendak realized he was really bad at drawing horses.
“At first the book was to be called Where the Wild Horses Are, but when it became apparent to my editor I could not draw horses, she kindly changed the title to 'Wild Things,’ with the idea that I could at the very least draw 'a thing’!”
"So I drew my relatives. They’re all dead now, so I can tell people.”
Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what’s real and what’s not. They understand metaphor and symbol.
A new piece I created for Julia Rothman’s upcoming book The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History, (Chronicle).
I was assigned Maurice Sendak’s brother Jack, a writer, collaborator and extremely important figure in Maurice’s life. I can really relate to those magical, safe spaces siblings create together. My own sister has been such a big source of inspiration, I quite literally don’t know who I would be without her.
BIG thanks to Julia for asking me to be a part of this project. I am so excited to see all of the amazing contributions come together! I am already so WOW’d by my friend Jensine’s piece.
TODAY is the 50th Anniversary of the beloved classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. First published in 1963, it has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.
The New York Times obituary for Maurice Sendak calls Where the Wild Things Are “simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making,” describing Sendak as being “…widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.”
One of the most talked about interviews we’ve ever done was with Maurice Sendak in 2011 shortly before he died. Sendak reflects on love, loss, and celebrating life:
I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.