25th August 2016
Following the remarkable success of Miriam Elia’s first book We Go To The Gallery – which sold over 80,000 copies in 6 months worldwide – Dung Beetle Books will publish the next two instalments 1b We Learn At Home and 1c We Go Out, first as special artists editions in August this year, followed by a commercial release in September.
“We Go To The Gallery was an attempt to debunk the trite, quasi-intellectualism of much contemporary art. 1b and 1c further investigate these same idiocies, this time in the world beyond the gallery” Miriam and Ezra Elia.
1b We Learn At Home: “In book 1b of this Dung Beetle Learning series, Mummy grounds all learning in a feelings-based outlook, free of any actual facts or skills, re-evaluating core subjects such as mathematics, religion, philosophy and art.
” ‘John is painting a picture. “You must paint your inner child,” says Mummy. “But I am a child”’
1c We Go Out: “In book 1c, a simple stroll down the local high street is magically illuminated by Mummy’s insights into the nature of society, religion, art and various other forms of hierarchical or patriarchal oppression.
” ‘We are going out. “Where are we going?” Asks Susan. “No where” says Mummy, “the journey is the goal”’.
The final result of a long labour of love, including months of sketching, painting, writing and printing, We Go To The Gallery attracted unprecedented worldwide attention not only for its sharp, witty writing, but its exquisite and skilful artwork. First edition copies sold for hundreds of pounds, and a full commercial release arrived in September 2015.
1b and 1c uphold the integrity of the original book, containing beautiful, hand painted illustrations by Miriam, written by Miriam and Ezra Elia, and self-published (via Dung Beetle) as before.
Miriam Elia is an artist, writer and satirist. Much of her text based work is produced in collaboration with her brother Ezra Elia, and their first graphic novel The Diary of Edward The Hamster 1990-1990, was published by Pan MacMillan in 2012. She founded Dung Beetle Books in 2015, as a means of giving herself greater creative freedom. Her art work, which comprises collage, illustration, print making, short films and live performance, has been covered in publications such as The Independent, The Times, The Guardian and Dazed and Confused.