Children's book illustrator and author Julia Sarcone-Roach features original artwork from her recent books, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (winner of the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Writer Honor), Subway Story, and others.
Humor and inspiration can be found in the areas where wildlife and the world of people overlap. Maybe it’s a subway car swimming with fish, an unnoticed bear standing on a street corner, or an elephant building a pillow fort; the things that are out-of-place are often the most interesting. A city is endlessly interesting for creatures of all sizes. Observing the city from new perspectives inspires both the story and art of these books. If I was a bear, where would I climb and what would I eat? What would I hear if I was a subway car deep in a tunnel?
Ideas begin as questions, doodles, or scraps in sketchbooks, grow into books and projects. This art was made in a studio filled with bits of nature collected from walks exploring Brooklyn neighborhoods. Snail shells, feathers, particularly cool rocks, fancy leaves. The paintings are primarily done with acrylic paint with some mixed media. “Mixed media” is a fancy way of saying that sometimes crayons, pencils, markers or an occasional splash of coffee are used to make the pictures.
Julia Sarcone-Roach is an award winning, critically acclaimed, author and illustrator of picture books, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner), Subway Story, and The Secret Plan. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia before studying film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York where she writes stories, draws pictures and eats sandwiches.
Michele Jaslow is an independent art curator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is dedicated to working with artists, museums, galleries, arts institutions, corporations, and private clients to help meet their exhibition needs. Through efforts curating art shows in conventional gallery spaces and alternative settings, she has developed a reputation for devotion to supporting emerging and established contemporary artists who ask tough questions and pursue perfection of their work’s vision.