Breaking Muse!

Mouse Muse by Lorna Owen

 

Today I’m taking a detour from our art-inspiring rodent to share a bit of exciting news: a book based on this blog will soon be published!

Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art — is due out this November 2014.

The idea began to form several years ago when I caught my first deer mouse in an old farmhouse into which my husband and I had just moved. While I saw mice, with their talent to shoot out from the shadows, simply as critters who made my heart race, the minuscule mammal with huge eyes and ears, sitting in the no-kill trap staring back at me, I admit sparked a re-thinking of the entire species. In that mouse, I instantly thought of Beatrix Potter’s watercolors of mice and I couldn’t help wondering how the mouse has been interpreted in art beyond the pages of children’s illustrated stories.

The white-footed fellow propelled me on this unexpected journey both to learn about the tiny creature and to understand just who were those artists who were compelled to use mice in their work. And in the course of my undertaking I found—and continue to find—that the reasons behind the mouse’s role as muse are as revealing as they are surprising. That the otherwise lowly, misunderstood mouse, nature’s most humble creature, has indeed left an astonishing and gigantic legacy in visual art.

 

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 A few facts:

Title: MOUSE MUSE: The Mouse in Art

Publisher: The Monacelli Press

On-sale: November 18, 2014

Available for pre-order: Amazon; B&N; Powell’s; Chapters Indigo, Canada; Amazon UK; Random House Australia (and many others)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3 responses to “Breaking Muse!

  • S.C. Mouse

    Congratulations!

    It’s a gorgeous cover and I especially love the title! An unparalleled subject, to be sure!

    I can’t wait to read the book.

    Yours faithfully,

    S.C. Mouse @SCMouse on Twitter

    Sent from my iPhone because it’s a scientific fact that Mice love dancing across iPhone keyboards.

    Really. Ask any scientist.

    >

  • mattty

    I love a nice mouse. I don’t like people who are mean to mice.

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