Audrey Niffenegger

Born 1963

Audrey Niffenegger, author of bestselling novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, is also a renowned book artist, painter, and printmaker.

Unlike her novels, Niffenegger’s artist’s books reveal their stories primarily in images, with text playing a minor role. The artist has a penchant for fairy tales, surrealism, and the macabre, which she draws upon to craft powerful and unusual narratives.

The heroines of Niffenegger’s visual novels are usually young women. They are brave, daring, and independent. Sometimes the artist invents their adventures. At other times, she takes inspiration from personal experiences, identifying with her characters’ trials, attempting to solve their problems, and celebrating their victories.

Niffenegger holds an MFA from Northwestern University and currently divides her time between Chicago and London. She is a professor in the Fiction Writing department at Columbia College Chicago. She has also taught printmaking and book arts at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, which she helped found.

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