Lauren Redniss, faculty in the Illustration Department at Parsons, was recently featured on the front page of the Arts Section of the New York Times (not to mention the front page of the paper, thumbnail for the Arts section). Her interview focused on her new book “Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future”, which explores weather and certain relationships many individuals have with it. Lauren Redniss mentions:
“I’m interested in things we take for granted, the fact we can look out of our windows every day and see this spectacular, unpredictable panorama.”
Much of her process shows in her books as she spends much of her time interviewing, sketching , and even experiencing what she is writing about. She tears down the walls of what a graphic novel is and showcases an immense amount of experimentation that challenges the conventional medium of books.
“Her books are totally composed in both words and images, but they aren’t quite graphic novels,” Ms. Chute said. “Every time you turn the page, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”