I love wordless books. I was first introduced to one as a child, with the book ‘Zoom’, by Istvan Banyai, which I found fascinating. Prior to this, I had seen books as a vessel only for written stories – though perhaps with the odd illustration here and there.
I began to appreciate photography books more, but I saw them as nothing more than an image gallery in a more intimate format. There wasn’t a strong narrative that ran through; there was no complication and resolution; there was no story.
Enter ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. The illustrations are stunning, and just a little bit surreal. The story keeps you guessing and keeps you engaged. I not only gained a new appreciation for wordless stories, but also a broader appreciation of art.
For many years, visual art was my main medium for storytelling. Even in my painting, I’d considered exploring narrative within, and between, works. I still do. In the past two years, I began to explore writing. I’ve written two novellas, and had a feeble shot at some short works. Now, with a bit of experience in both writing and painting, it’s time to bring two of my passions together.
I’m working on ‘What Stars Are Made Of’, a wordless picture book, this month.
‘What Stars Are Made Of’ will be released on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014.
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