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Agata Lučić

Agata Lučić (1995) is an illustrator/visual artist living in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2020 she graduated from the Graphic Arts Department at Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In addition to illustrating various texts, she finds inspiration for artistic expression in her surroundings. She actively exhibits in Croatia and abroad. She painted several murals in Croatia ("Museum for Everyone" - Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; projects organized by Melinda Šefčić and Croatian Association of Artists, etc.).

She has three published picturebooks for Mala zvona: Zaboravljene stvari (The Forgotten Things); Ogledalo bez mana (The Flawless Mirror) and Tri putnika u zemlju Nut (Three Travellers in the Land of Nut) written by Dorta Jagić. For the picturebook Ogledalo bez mana she won a BolognaRagazzi Award – special mention in the non-fiction category and special mention on 11th Supertoon.  Ogledalo bez mana is also in the selection of 18 books on the competition Hrvatska lijepa knjiga 2022 (Croatian beautiful book).

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Forgotten Things

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In her second artist’s book, Agata Lučić takes readers of all generations to a flea market – an almost monochromatic blue world filled with various objects. Each thing there carries traces of time spent in someone’s life, traces of somebody’s past. The young visual artist evokes fragments of life that “forgotten things” shared with their humans in her original, very recognizable style, gradually creating a warm atmosphere – with bits of magic. The last double-page holds a surprise: as the objects manage to attract new owners and are being accepted along with their stories, various colors enter the world of the picture book. It is no longer a space of memories; it becomes a living space. “Forgotten Things” are both nostalgic and cheerful, they urge the reader to open up to hidden histories of unknown people and certain values accessible only to a watchful eye; they invite both children and adults to dream, offering a world of peculiar visual pleasure. 

We acquire and discard things too easily, warns the author of this gentle and playful picture book; but even when they have already been discarded, left to their fate on the stands of some open-air “mini market”, they can be looked at, singled out from the crowd, appropriated, restored, and brought back to life.

 

Book #4909

The Flawless Mirror

19,60 

The face of the heroine of this artist’s picture book is full of spots, her body full of hair, there’s the word “Fat” floating around her, her breasts are so little you can barely see them. But these aren’t flaws – despite the fact that a glamorous “face from a magazine cover” also finds its way into the story. Flaw as a concept simply does not exist for this mirror. Without hiding anything, and with an untameable smile, the heroine keeps looking at herself exactly as she is. No imposed beauty standards intimidate her. No threatening words („Carnegiea gigantea”!), nor horrendous images (monkey-like hairiness or a body too big for a bathtub) make her flinch…

Using humorous and expressive forms, the author of this book, Agata Lučić, invites readers – primarily young, female readers – to take a look in the flawless mirror and to accept their bodies such as they are, with a smile on their face.

 

Book #4904