Be Home Here is a 140-page book of images. There are repeated characters and themes, but the stories are up to you. My inspiration came from all the parts of everyday life—daydreams, bus rides, Grimm's fairy tales, looking at many paintings, waking up, riding the subway, reading the newspaper, looking at trees & sky & people, reading books, sitting in my studio and remembering.

The drawings for the book were all made with black gouache and brushes on various sized pieces of paper over the course of three years. Putting the book together out of hundreds of drawings was a collaborative process with Grace Sullivan, whose editing and designing of the book were integral to its final form.

The book was published in 2014 by Passe-Partout Books.

Mala Iqbal is an artist living in New York City. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the United States as well as in Europe, India and China.

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