Art By The Book is a collaboration between online art platform, Tappan, and Belletrist, an online book club celebrating the works of modern authors. The project was sparked by a conversation between two creators – Carmen Maria Machado, the author of Her Body And Other Parties, and artist, Kelsey Shultis. They explored the similarities and differences in their individual practices, which culminated in Shultis creating an original artwork inspired by Machado’s book.


Of the book, Shultis said she felt “a sense of hollowness, darkness, and mystery that unified and connected so intimately to the concepts I deal with in my own work. I thought about the female body as a vessel, as a house, to be a resident in a body, to reside in a body, in a structure…and the idea of ‘fading away’, that imagery is just so densely rich for me.”

unnamed-4Read more about the partnership here.