MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS ART GALLERY
@ ARTS AND CRAFTS BEER PARLOR
CURRENT ARTIST - STEPHANIE DRAWDY
ON DISPLAY THROUGH MARCH 2020
ON DISPLAY - ELICIT JUSTICE
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Elicit Justice aims at expressing some of the elements needed to achieve an equitable society. The eight elements chosen to start the first segment of the series are equality, security, truth, respect, education, hope, freedom and peace. Inspired by street art and graffiti, the work depicts these attributes in a coded way with symbols and words, including languages from countries where justice is lacking. The paintings are matched with various quotes that are meant to start a dialogue about how we perceive justice and how we can be a part of the needed change. What is the connection between justice, graffiti and street art? Graffiti and street art are often the only vehicles available for citizens to make social commentary about injustice in oppressive governments. For citizens of such countries, it is almost a given that the voices of the people are silenced and the information they are allowed to receive is skewed. But, when those people pass a wall with art that becomes an open platform for the beliefs of others – beliefs about justice – then those passers-by realize they are not alone. At least until that art is whitewashed. Yet, the painted image has already planted a seed in the minds of those who resonated with its message.
Bio - Stephanie creates representational and abstract paintings that employ a range of marks and textures unique to each piece. Her work includes oils, watercolors and mixed media. The process she employs depends on the subject - ranging from palette knives to aerosols. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Political Science from the College of Charleston, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a Diploma in Arts Profession Law and Ethics from London's Institute of Art and Law. She has studied under classical figurative oil painters from the New York Academy of Art, Studio Incamminati, Academy of Art College, McCormack Studios, and the New York Art Students League.