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Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents Stephanie Mercado: "Emerge" opening reception

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Photo courtesy of Hooks-Epstein Galleries and Stephanie Mercado

Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents an exhibition of new prints and mixed media collages by 2020 Tamarind Institute Resident and Los Angeles based printmaker, Stephanie Mercado, in observance of the "PrintHouston 2022 Biennial."

In "Emerge," Mercado’s fourth solo gallery exhibition, she constructs her collages from hand-carved, hand-printed elements and colored papers that merge traditional printmaking with experimental practices, fine art, and craft. Through her artwork, Mercado explores feminist narratives, including women in the labor force, domestic life, and the persecution of women through witch-hunts.

People often shape their identities by the work they do, and working conditions can either make or break them. The pandemic has re-contextualized the role each individual plays in creating a functioning society. For many, especially women, blurred work-life boundaries have led to mass resignations.

"Emerge" serves as an examination of the psychological effects capitalism has had on workers and follows the journey of a character that breaks through the mold in a rediscovery of self. In the creation and manifestation of art and magic from destruction, pain, and loss, Mercado’s series of work coalesces as an act of resistance to the pandemic. As an exhibition, "Emerge" is a reclaiming of identity through alternate forms of knowledge as shaped by the natural world. 

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 1.

Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents an exhibition of new prints and mixed media collages by 2020 Tamarind Institute Resident and Los Angeles based printmaker, Stephanie Mercado, in observance of the "PrintHouston 2022 Biennial."

In "Emerge," Mercado’s fourth solo gallery exhibition, she constructs her collages from hand-carved, hand-printed elements and colored papers that merge traditional printmaking with experimental practices, fine art, and craft. Through her artwork, Mercado explores feminist narratives, including women in the labor force, domestic life, and the persecution of women through witch-hunts.

People often shape their identities by the work they do, and working conditions can either make or break them. The pandemic has re-contextualized the role each individual plays in creating a functioning society. For many, especially women, blurred work-life boundaries have led to mass resignations.

"Emerge" serves as an examination of the psychological effects capitalism has had on workers and follows the journey of a character that breaks through the mold in a rediscovery of self. In the creation and manifestation of art and magic from destruction, pain, and loss, Mercado’s series of work coalesces as an act of resistance to the pandemic. As an exhibition, "Emerge" is a reclaiming of identity through alternate forms of knowledge as shaped by the natural world.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 1.

Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents an exhibition of new prints and mixed media collages by 2020 Tamarind Institute Resident and Los Angeles based printmaker, Stephanie Mercado, in observance of the "PrintHouston 2022 Biennial."

In "Emerge," Mercado’s fourth solo gallery exhibition, she constructs her collages from hand-carved, hand-printed elements and colored papers that merge traditional printmaking with experimental practices, fine art, and craft. Through her artwork, Mercado explores feminist narratives, including women in the labor force, domestic life, and the persecution of women through witch-hunts.

People often shape their identities by the work they do, and working conditions can either make or break them. The pandemic has re-contextualized the role each individual plays in creating a functioning society. For many, especially women, blurred work-life boundaries have led to mass resignations.

"Emerge" serves as an examination of the psychological effects capitalism has had on workers and follows the journey of a character that breaks through the mold in a rediscovery of self. In the creation and manifestation of art and magic from destruction, pain, and loss, Mercado’s series of work coalesces as an act of resistance to the pandemic. As an exhibition, "Emerge" is a reclaiming of identity through alternate forms of knowledge as shaped by the natural world.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until July 1.

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Hooks-Epstein Galleries
2631 Colquitt St.
Houston, TX 77098
http://www.hooksepsteingalleries.com/node/4695

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