Toys Talking, I, 2017

"Never mind that, come as you are."

This ink drawing is from the original pages of Leanne Shapton's 2017 children's book Toys Talking. The series explores the inner lives of the beloved stuffed animals that provide a comforting presence. Each brushstroke portrait in the book is accompanied by text, revealing the intimate, everyday musings of bunnies, bears, dogs, and more. 

Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, Granta, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creating writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories.

Ink on paper 

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