With the arrival of Memorial Day, New Yorkers look forward to spending more time outdoors, even if only during their commutes. This week’s cover, by Malika Favre, shows an unusual twist to the daily grind. Under the Brooklyn Bridge, a lone figure on a standup paddle board travels between Brooklyn and Manhattan. We talked to the artist about how the image came to life.
Have you ever tried a standup paddle board?
It’s something that I have been seeing more and more when I go on holiday. There’s something very peaceful and calming in watching someone on a standup board. I have tried it myself, and once I got the balance right I was actually surprised by how relaxing it was—almost meditative.
What’s the genesis of this image? Did you walk on the Brooklyn Bridge and thought it would be nice to take a shortcut on the water?
I remember reading about a man paddling on the Hudson River last summer while wearing a suit, and the image stayed with me. It somehow feels like the perfect way to avoid the hassle and stress of the usual commute on a bright summer day. When someone does something unexpected like this, it’s a breath of fresh air and ingenuity that is worth celebrating.
You have portrayed female surgeons, girls coding, and here a woman gliding on her own. Are strong women a source of inspiration?
Women are strongly represented in my work, probably because I am a woman myself. For this particular cover, I almost saw the character as an extension of myself. After work, a woman, gliding down the river, freely goes to enjoy an afternoon with friends.
See below for other covers by Malika Favre:
“The Butterfly Effect”