Heide Solbrig’s IAMNOTADOG by Frances, is a self-declared Hospice portrait during COVID. Beautiful ink and charcoal portraits of the author’s father who is in hospice, and of their dog fill the book’s pages along with observations and quotations. Though IAMNOTDOG features portraits of both man and dog, they purposefully are kept on separate pages for the most part, which help illustrate the limitations of drawing as a form of coping with the loss of a loved one.
Poetic and raw, IAMNOTADOG feels whimsical and haunting at the same time.
Winner, 2021 MICE Mini-Grant