Illustrator/Author/Designer : Maira Kalman

The Institute of Art at the University of Pennsylvania is currently exhibiting Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), the first major museum survey of the work of Maira Kalman. The exhibit includes the illustrator, author and designer's original works, photography, embroidery, textiles and performance as well as her many, many collections of the small things.

"New Yorkistan" by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz
December 10, 2001

She recently did an interview with PaperMag. I especially enjoyed the answer to this question:

(PaperMag) : And have you found the answer to any of the great questions? Like what is happiness?

MK: Yes. Knowing the right thing to do doesn’t mean you can do it in a way that brings you peace of mind and contentment. Sometimes you can be jumping for joy but that’s usually connected with a small moment, like I just finished a job and I can jump for joy or I just had the most delicious ice cream. In terms of bigger peace of mind I think that working on something that you are really concentrating on that gives you tremendous satisfaction is probably the most serious relationship to happiness that anyone can actually have as the counterpoint to having people around you that you love or love you, one or the other, and or, hopefully both.

If you would like to enjoy her "live" you can pop on over to TED: Maira Kalman, the illustrated woman.

image from Art Director's Club

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