Illustrator Hallie Bateman collaborated with her mother on the forthcoming book What To Do When I’m Gone, a preemptive daily guide for a daughter mourning the loss of her mother. This work accompanies the instructions for Day 6, which invite the reader to find refuge in habitual spaces and dear friendships in the aftermath of devastating grief. Its cool tones and repeating forms evoke the soothing familiarity of routine.
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
13 × 17 inches