Illustrations for Summer Reading,
“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.