Combining Neil Gaiman’s extraordinary words with Chris Riddell’s deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.
Neil Gaiman once said that ‘the world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before’. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.
Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. A creative call to arms, the book will champion freedom of ideas, making art in the face of adversity and choosing to be bold. It will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.
So I love Neil Gaiman, especially when he works with Chris Riddell, who is an amazing illustrator. You might know him from Coraline or the Sleeper and the Spindle! If you don’t, I’ve included drawings of both books, and one of the illustrator himself!
Back to the book, I was on my way to work and I arrived at the trainstation too early. Every time that happens, I go to a bookstore which is located inside the station. They mostly have Dutch books, but there’s one table full of English books and I was so happy when I found this little book lying there. I bought it without question and read it on my way from work (I was playing a game on my way to work :’) )
This book you guys, it is so beautiful! The book contains essays by Neil Gaiman, and even though I already knew that I loved his writing, this is just so much better. He conveys this ‘art matters’ message so well to the reader. It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, what you’re working with. Getting eaten by a Boa Constrictor? MAKE ART. And it doesn’t matter what kind of art, it can be drawing, painting, writing. Because all art is important. It can be a way out for people.
I am so happy aswell that Neil addresses the point of how important libraries are. I’ve heard so many people complain the last few years, that kids don’t read anymore, that we don’t need libraries, everything can be found online. What they don’t understand is that some kids life might depend on the books in the library.
And then there’s the page where he explains that not all books are (or should) migrate to screen. And then he compares books to sharks. I mean.. I would have never thought of making that comparison, but somehow it works. And it’s true! Somehow so many books get a movie contract and then people start complaining that the movie isn’t the same as the book. I’m so glad he wrote about this, even if it’s just one page.
The end of the book covers the essay Make Art. And I just love it. The whole book sums up why we need to keep doing this, for who it’s important. The fact that it seems handwritten and the illustrations are amazing just make the book more precious to me. It’s a short books, only 112 pages or so. But I really want to keep rereading it and stay amazed at the prettiness of it!