I feel quite nostalgic as I do this AFCC Update since this would be a little bit of a tribute to Suzy Lee who, I am very sad to say, is leaving Singapore in a few weeks’ time. It was only a year ago when we did a four-part feature on Suzy’s fabulous books here in GatheringBooks. Check out the links below.
- Part 1: A Narrative of a Book Artist: The Suzy Lee Interview
- Part 2: Suzy Lee’s Wordless Art in Mirror (2003), Wave (2008) and Shadow (2010)
- Part 3: Suzy Lee’s Animal World – Rabbits, Black Bird and The Zoo (3-in-1 Special)
- Part 4: A Dream within a Dream: Alice in Wonderland
It really is such a pity that Singapore has only discovered her quite recently. While Suzy attended last year’s AFCC, it was only through my invitation and Pooja’s that she ‘visited’ and checked out the Festival. I am so glad that she liked what she saw, enough for her to agree to be one of this year’s Keynote Speakers!
During Suzy’s session, she explored the gap in-between: of being an adult and being a child, the border between grown-ups and children, and the gutter between fantasy and reality. It is always amazing to hear her speak. It is a double privilege for me since I’ve also heard her talk about this concept when we both gave a talk in Mumbai, India November of last year. It was also great to hear that she has a new book out!
Unfortunately, it is not yet available in English. This book details the entire creative process behind what she calls her Border Trilogy: Shadow, Mirror, and Wave. I’ve flipped through the pages and saw some of her original sketches along with detailed explanations of the ideas behind the artwork. I am crossing my fingers that it would be made available in English very very soon as I am more than certain that a lot of illustrators, young artists, book enthusiasts would benefit from her insights.
In her talk, she also showed video clips with glorious sound accompaniment of her wordless picture books. It was, hands-down, awe-inspiring.