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Liberty (green)

Liberty (green)
Signed Print

Stik

Screenprint, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 25

Critical Review

While Stik’s figures can often  seem withdrawn, anxious and uncertain, the stickman of Liberty bucks this trend with a strong and unflinching stance.

Liberty juxtaposes Stik's characteristically simplistic mark making with a deliberate sense of place to produce a striking piece. There is a visual resemblance with the Statue of Liberty, the famed landmark that Stik's figure mirrors in stance, yet this  piece also has a  particular resonance tied to its location.

This clear impetus to reflect human stories on walls of the city, and subsequently in prints inspired by his street art is a thread which has defined the artist’s work from the outset. He states:  “It was people from the neighbourhood who helped me get back on my feet, and the guidance of my mentor that enabled me to become a full time artist. The support I felt was overwhelming and ‘community’ became the central theme of my work. By adding a simple human presence to the streets, I found I could humanise the structures of the city and bring attention to the issues surrounding them”.