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  • Writer's pictureKate F.

A Story of an Art Piece

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Lost by Stacie Monday is a painting that I love, and am going to share what I have created off of this.

For this project, I wanted to create a story based on a piece of artwork. To start I had to research how to analyze art because I was trying to challenge myself by choosing something I knew little about. After that, I found the piece and started writing. My goal was to create a story that would reach my target audience with was younger kids. I have a written version for kids who are able to read and an audiobook version for kids who can't. There is also a glossary at the end.

If you like this piece be sure to check out the rest of her collection!

Kate's Art Analysis

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Artist: Stacie Monday Art Title: Lost Medium: Acrylic, map pieces

  • Lost by Stacie Monday depicts a black woman from the shoulders up with half her face fading into pieces of paper and swatches of paint. She is posed to the side with one shoulder up, it's a very feminine pose and that’s fitting as the artist likes to create art that celebrates black female beauty.

  • The paper has been written and it's a map that represents the missing pieces of Monday’s history

  • She looks like she was posed, but I think it was a moving pose

  • There are several abstract elements the major one is where the paint and paper are where her eyes are and the other is adding texture to the background

  • I think symbolism was used when her eyes were missing. I interpreted this as the feeling of being lost and not being seen

  • The title (lost) refers to the feeling Monday felt when she was trying to figure out her past and her life journey

  • It's part of a collection The Concept of Identity Where she explores her identity as well as shared identity (POC, Women) through portraits

  • There is an emphasis on her face fading into abstract colours and shapes

  • I personally looked at what's there of her face first then my eyes moved up taking in the detail

  • The background has a harsh line to separate colours which differentiates from the smooth curved lines of the women in the painting

  • It has a cohesive colour palette of more muted tones

  • The woman is 3D Whereas everything else is 2D and this provides contrast which I like

  • The light is at the top of the painting and a little towards the left

  • The contrast was used multiple times with the pink and blue colours, with the harsh line compared to the smooth lines of the women

  • It doesn’t have texture but the way it was painted gives the illusion of it

Overall I think this is meant to capture feminity and black beauty while still conveying the feeling of being lost.

Monday's Artist Statement

The Story

The Audiobook

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