About a week ago, I received emails from Lucy Arrington and Lola Baltzell explaining how, late last year, they had somehow come across this project of mine and that it inspired them to begin a creative endeavor of their own. Some people have labeled me everything from simply ambitious to insanely obsessive for my ongoing attempt to create an illustration for each of the 552 pages of Moby-Dick but Lola, Lucy, and the other members of Team Tolstoy have trumped me in the ambitious department since they are about a third of the way through their goal of creating an individual collage for the more than 750 pages of Leo Tolstoy's mammoth epic War And Peace. You can, and really should, see the amazing results (so far) of their project at their blog War And Peace Project.
Their story is even more interesting though. According to their site, Lola had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had been struggling with an uphill battle at first although, thankfully, she seems to have turned a pretty significant corner. Lola’s good friend Lucy mentioned my project to her and somehow the idea grew into Lola deciding to do a “big project of her own.” Using her own 30 year old copy of War And Peace, in Russian no less, she and her team are making these collages by actually using the pages from the book in addition to all sorts of other material.
You can read more about the project at their "About" page here, learn quite a bit about the individual members of Team Tolstoy here, and see the fantastic art as it appears day by day on their blog here. Additionally, according to their events calendar, there will be a gallery show at the Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston opening on Friday December 3, so if you’re in the area stop in and see the art and artists in person. This art would be amazing to see in person, I think.