Formal Analysis of Lady in Blue
Beata Drozd’s piece, titled Lady in Blue, shows a figure, split in two, with one half black and one white. It was created in 2014 for the exhibit i found god in myself; the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls. i found god in myself originally debuted at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, New York, but is currently at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The piece, which is quite large, is a collage on canvas, and hangs on a wall; there are two sections of the piece, the top is a vertical rectangle, showing the figures from the hips up, and the bottom is a triangle showing clasped hands, one white and one black. Drozd creates visual contrast to symbolize separation and differences between the two halves of the figure, but in the bottom piece tells a story of unity despite these differences.
This piece’s shape is interesting; it features one large, vertical canvas, with a triangle pointed downwards hanging slightly below it. The image is not continuous from one piece to the next, but its clear the hands are part of the same figure as above. Due to the shape of the painting, one’s eye is drawn from the top to the bottom of the piece.
Beginning at the rectangular portion, one notices the stark contrast between the two halves of the figure. The right side is almost purely white, with blue and gray shadows; the rest of the body is black, dark brown, and navy. The profile of a white woman obscures the left half of the black face, facing to the right of the piece; her hair is in a large braid and she wears a simple pearl earring. The black woman has long, flowing, bright blue hair, as well as full red lips. The black woman’s body has a rose ov...
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... due to the expectations society places on women in general to be a specific kind of beautiful.
Lady in Blue tells a story: two women, struggling with acceptance of their own identities as well as one another, come together, and find peace and solace in each other. Drozd sends a clear message through this piece: our differences make us beautiful, and instead of shying away from them, we should embrace our diversity. The two women in this piece come to understand that although there is much that separates us, we are all humans, and have similar struggles, emotions, and journeys through life. Regardless of our differences, this piece urges us, as women particularly, to come together with love and appreciation for one another, and to understand that, despite where we come from, we are all humans that experience the same love, heartbreak, and everything in between.
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