Project Description Artist Statement “The valuable services provided by essential workers and the power of arts and culture are heightened during challenging times.” About the Artist Stephanie Mercado is a multidisciplinary artist influenced by her life as a working-class Angeleno in Boyle Heights from a family of artisans that introduced the tools, craft and strong work ethic necessary to survive as tradespeople. Mercado’s work explores the proverbial American Dream and psychology of labor. She arranges hand-printed elements on colored paper to form narratives that represent growth and flowering into being. Mercado has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach, a residency with the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an award from the International Print Center New York and exhibits internationally. She is in permanent collections in Texas, New Mexico and Georgia. On display December 2020 – February 2021
Creative expressions of connection and care are at the heart of Silver Linings, a new series by six local artists that will debut on Metro buses from December 2020-July 2021. Artists include Stephanie Mercado, Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Phung Huynh, Chris Johanson, Alfonso Aceves and Kassia Rico.