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An image of a drawing by MMTK. It depicts an elderly couple, the woman leaning against the man and tucking her head under his chin.

Daily Helping for May 10th, 2023 – MMTK – Say My Streets

Today’s daily helping is another illustrator and artist that I discovered by googling, “Illustrators I should know.” Apparently Google wants me to know about MMTK and her work, and I for one am thrilled. Her portfolio is beautiful, and I love that she is unapologetically political in her cartoons. However, I was particularly taken by the Say My Streets project, wherein she takes inspiration from street names to visually represent the lives of the people who give those streets their name.

MMTK is Paris-based, so there’s certainly no shortage of street names to draw inspiration from here. For example, the image above is of Eugène and Marie-Louise Cornet, members of the French Resistance, who died together in August of 1944. In reality, they were 40 and 39 years old when they died, and they left behind a 16 year old son. But I love that MMTK has drawn them as an old married couple, having lived out their lives together. It’s a beautiful commemoration for a couple who sacrificed so much.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!