Art Month: Meet Maira Kalman
Snacks and fear are important parts of Maira Kalman’s creative process, she says.
Both snacks and fear can be found in this panel about breakfast after a bad dream in Paris. Kalman posted this to her New York Times blog (subscription required). The text reads: “The pinky pink pate that totaly wipes at the last vestiage of malaise.”
Last summer, Kalman wrote and ilustrated an Ode to Breakfast in a special Gourmet magazine summer reader. Check out Ruth Richel’s podcast interview with her here.
This painting, with the caption “Be obscure clearly! Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!”, is from Kalman’s illustrated version of Strunk and White’s classic text The Elements of Style.
“Wild of tongue in a way we can understand” provides a way of seeing Maira Kalman’s food-related art. The food she shows us is recognizable, home-y even. There’s chocolates, eggs, lollypops, a family at a noodle shop. But there’s usually something wild, wacky or a bit disconcerting there too: a kinfe slashing through cold butter, a bunny painted in to a corner, or a precarious boquet tilting toward the floor.
Kalman’s work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.