Illustrator Hallie Bateman worked with her mother to create 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. This peaceful and melancholic scene, which appears on the book’s cover, introduces the collaborative project: to speak about death together “so that when we faced it later, alone, it wouldn’t be so scary.”
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
15 × 12 inches