Here’s something pleasant for a cold autumn Tuesday: Maisie Matilda, a UK-based painter, has amassed a following for her fore-edge paintings, scenes painted on the side of hardcover books’ pages. Focusing mainly on Dune, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, Maisie Matilda paints the magical-feeling settings of the books she’s painting.
Could fore-edge painting be considered reverse ekphrasis? Who could say? (Maybe for it to be reverse ekphrasis it would need to be a huge, huge canvas . . . I’m going fully off of feel here.) Regardless, Maisie Matilda’s paintings make the potential of a book visible—readers gaze into little, alternate worlds.
Take a look at some of her fore-edge paintings, and how she creates them, below: