“…Overwhelmed by the beauty and mystery of everything…” -William Steig (Amos & Boris)
These are some of the books I return to over and over again. Each in their own way, they keep giving off sparks. Some are new to me, and some have been with me for a while. Heavenly Visions: Shaker Gift Drawings and Songs contains some of the most beautiful, confounding marks made in anyone’s name. I would argue that William Steig is the best writer for children, and Amos & Boris his best book, but it was difficult to choose just one. Calvino’s Mr. Palomar reminds me to give attention to everything. Fischili and Weiss, like Bouvard and Pecuchet, affirm my conviction to collaboration. Will Happiness find me? is a very funny, sad, magic book of questions. Remy Charlip, another maker of books for children, without getting into his incredible history, is the reason I started a blog, to share his books, mostly out of print. Jonathan Borofsky deserves more credit, I think. Jessie Oonark is my favourite Inuit artist, known for her drawings, prints, and wall hangings, while Sculpture/Inuit is a nice survey of Inuit carving in stone and bone. Ferdinand Cheval was a french postman who spent 33 years building a castle by himself. I like to think about that when I get tired.
Michael Dumontier is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Winnipeg. His work has been exhibited internationally including in New York City, Boston, and Padova, Italy. He is a founding member of The Royal Art Lodge, as well as Editor of his blog Stopping Off Place.