Il­lus­tra­tions for Sum­mer Read­ing,

The Walrus - - THE WALRUS - lau­ren tamaki

“When I got the as­sign­ment to il­lus­trate the fic­tion pack­age for this is­sue, I printed out the sto­ries and went to the park to read them—in the true style of sum­mer read­ing. The themes quickly emerged: dam­age, ris­ing up, re­build­ing, re­birth. Zsuzsi Gart­ner’s story about plants tak­ing over the world is just so sexy and weird. Mireille Sil­coff’s story is about re­build­ing af­ter some­thing’s been torn down. And Troy Se­bas­tian’s is about reimag­in­ing the nar­ra­tive of the ‘no­ble’ ex­plorer. Na­ture fac­tored into the themes of the sto­ries, so I de­cided to in­te­grate plant and hu­man el­e­ments into a slightly sur­real stew.”

Lau­ren Tamaki is a New York–based il­lus­tra­tor. She has drawn for the New York Times, GQ, and Toronto Life.

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