AP Studio Artist – Monet Wagner (STM ’20)
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AP Studio Artist – Monet Wagner (STM ’20)

Through my sustained investigation, my main goal was to have fun creating work surrounding a subject matter that I loved. It’s not meant to be super deep and profound. I wanted to take something I knew to the next level. My favorite thing to draw recently has been buildings and different types of cityscapes that are inspired by either real places, or fantastical worlds that are ready to be explored. I found myself quickly getting bored with drawing traditional street views and real places all the time, so I started to wonder how I could push the ideas surrounding exploration and combining things that are real and fantasy to bring new concepts to my work- which is where my sustained investigation question came from.

I wanted to push the mood a little more in my pieces and created backgrounds that drew the viewer into my cities and away from reality. Through the backgrounds, I used bold, bright colors and textures to contrast the solid black city drawings.  The backgrounds also acted as an attention grabber to draw the viewer into the more detailed views of the intricate city drawings. In my pieces that I don’t use such a loud background, I really tried to focus in on the smaller details that help tie the cities together. I thought that having a variety was helpful in allowing each piece to speak for itself yet be able to stand together to tell a story as a body of work.

These cities are meant purely for people to look at and explore and ignore whatever is happening in the real world. This is why a lot of my inspiration comes from different fairytales and fictional movies and stories I had indulged in as a child. It brought a sense of creativity and carefreeness. I found myself straying away from my planning multiple times while working on some of these pieces, and instinctually creating something more interesting than my original plans- which I think lended itself to some of my successes.

kodama, Acrylic & Sharpie, 24 x 36
galactic, Acrylic & Sharpie, 14 x 14 each
destination, Watercolor & Pen, 9 x 6
staggered, Pen, 14 x 17
onward, Acrylic & Pen, 11 x 8.5
the forest of glass, Acrylic & Pencil, 8.5 x 11
glitch, Acrylic & Sharpie, 22 x 24
columns of whirl, Acrylic & Sharpie, 22 x 24

Please leave Monet a comment below!


  1. Youre so creative and imaginative aNd i love how youre Perfecting your TECHNIQUE. Im so proud of your originality and attention to detail. Youre absolutely amazing!

    Shannon Wagner
  2. I love that you chose a singular subject and exploreD it in so Many DIFFERENT ways. I Think its an Incredible and transformative Collection. Beautiful exploration!!!

    Jen Aberin
  3. Thank you for sharing your creativity. It was a delight to explore this collection. Each piece took me on a different journey.

    Eileen Wagner
  4. It’s interesting how each of these worlds can invoke a fantasy. The use of color or lack thereof, creates a character type whether futuristic, other worldly or humanistic. I love the use of color in Kodama. Seems inviting.

    Kara Raflik

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