Illustrator Hallie Bateman collaborated with her mother, Suzy Hopkins, on the forthcoming book What To Do When I’m Gone, a preemptive daily guide for a daughter processing the grief of her mother’s death. Hopkins’s contributions range from tangible tasks that aid in mourning to motherly wisdom to support each stage of her daughter’s future life. This painting appears near the end of the book, as Hopkins advises her daughter to think about her own demise—a memento mori that reminds the viewer, too, to consider the landscape of their life.
Hallie Bateman (b. 1989, California) is an illustrator and writer who lives in Los Angeles. Her drawings and writing have appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 2015, and are also published in such venues as The New York Times Magazine, The Awl, and Hyperallergic. Bateman illustrated Love Voltaire Us Apart by Julia Edelman (Icon Books 2016) and published a creative journal, Brave New Work, with MoMA in 2017. Her book What To Do When I’m Gone, a collaboration with her mother, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.
Gouache on paper
12 × 15 inches