Illustrator, author and SVA alumnus Joanna Neborsky (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay) was interviewed by Yuri Chong for The New York Times Style Magazine recently. In her introduction, Chong described Neborsky as an artist “who likes to pair her lush, vividly colored imagery with plenty of dry wit. Her kooky aesthetic—part yellowing newspaper cutouts, part inky freehand brushstrokes—and clever way with words feels reminiscent of that special strain of illustrators like Leanne Shapton, Maira Kalman and Lauren Redniss, artists who write as well as they draw.”
The reference to MFA Design Department faculty member Maira Kalman was fitting, as Neborsky refers to her as “my mentor.” In fact, Kalman was her adviser at SVA and helped her get her senior thesis, Illustrated Three-Line Novels, published in 2010.
Neborsky also discussed the children’s book she illustrated last year, Tumbling Old Women, by the 20th-century Russian author Daniil Kharms, as well as her upcoming project with Joe Berkowitz, who writes for The Awl. As for her influences: “I love Antonio Frasconi, a great Italian dude. Jean Cocteau. The best children’s book I have ever read is The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine by Donald Barthelme. It’s the most ridiculous story. I love Sister Corita Kent. I can’t make anything even close to what she made because she was a genius,” Neborsky said.
For the full interview and a slideshow of Neborsky’s work, visit The New York Times Style Magazine.