Emilia Dziubak is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books. A graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland, her latest series deals with what is widely considered an unsavoury topic.
Normally, us humans are repelled by the insects that crawl around our homes and gardens uninvited. We cringe at flies buzzing over our heads, moths rampaging around lamps or maggots feeding on our food. But this illustrator is asking us to contemplate for a few moments the lives of these small creatures, as portrayed in her rather wonderful illustrations.
In Dziubak’s world, a simple coffee cup becomes an exquisite porcelain bathtub for Mr. Cockroach, who spends his morning relaxing, enjoying his first day off in a while. A red apple is no longer an overlooked piece of fruit, but a stylish throne for a tiny winged king. What about the moth eating all of our books and clothes? He becomes a connoisseur of fine gourmet literature, savouring every inked syllable that he consumes.
Dziubak presents these miniature adventures in the hope that we might alter our perception of creepy crawlies – “All illustrations with miniature adventures of insects are from various projects – children’s books, editorials and personal works. They are to show how inspiring the simplest of objects and events in our lives can be. I hope the illustrations will also help us humans to overcome our reluctance towards insects. They can be very inspiring.”