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stephanie mercado painting printmaking textiles

Stephanie Mercado is a Los Angeles artist. Her work includes painting, printmaking and textiles. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach. Her paintings are primarily figurative works with surreal elements and historical references. Her primary mediums are oil and gouache. Stephanie Mercado has published more than 50 editions. Her primary printmaking mediums are drypoint on plexiglass, etching, relief and serigraphy. Select prints combine printmaking mediums and a combination of painting and mixed media. She has also used traditional printmaking methods to create and transfer images to textiles. She has exhibited internationally including shows in Spain and British Columbia. She has also exhibited in Colorado, Chicago, Indiana, and Texas within the United States. She is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, TX.

Artist's Statement

Stephanie Mercado’s paintings and prints examine and interpret how history is recorded. She merges historical imagery with contemporary pop-culture, transforming the narrative by introducing gaudy gold chains and cartoonish dollar bills. These contemporary elements reveal how the power of images has influenced American culture, fostering the proverbial “American Dream”. Mercado’s recent portraits of maids tell a story about power, class, and human relationships. They explore themes of subjugation and the nuances by which people try to maintain their identity, dignity, and independence. Their black and white uniforms define a role that depersonalizes them but elements in their environment reflect individuality and an exploration of identity. Each figure is caught in a place between reality and a world that is deformed and shaped by the people who control their environment and their livelihood.