Jelly, Garbage + Toys

Making Pictures with Vik Muniz



ISBN: 9781419725753 Categories: ,

Vik Muniz, Joan Sommers, Amanda Freymann, Ascha Drake


Vic Muniz’s images and his playful approach to making art captivate children and adults alike. Muniz works with everyday materials – such as peanut butter and jelly, chocolate syrup, and even garbage – to make images that often reference masterpieces or popular icons.

Jelly, Garbage + Toys, drawn from interviews with children, is an interactive first-person narrative that presents Muniz’s personal story and his art, focusing on some of his many processes and mediums. The book emphasizes the importance of play in the creation of art while challenging children to think about how images are made and what they mean. The design – with graphic novel-inspired speech bubbles, liftable flaps, and a Turkish-map fold (all four sides open) – helps communicate Muniz’s exuberant message.

Additional information

Weight 577 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 26.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 October 2017
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.5 x 26.9 cm
Weight 577 g

Vik Muniz is best known for his 1996 series Sugar Children. Muniz has been the subject of more than 170 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 340 group exhibitions in 31 countries. He splits his time between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New York City.

Joan Sommers and Amanda Freymann are the authors of numerous books, including Chuck Close, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Joan lives in Chicago, and Amanda lives in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

Ascha Drake is a visual arts teacher at the Bay School of San Francisco. She lives in Oakland, California.