Liberty (silver)

Liberty (silver)
Signed Print

Stik

Screenprint, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 12

Critical Review

Liberty (silver) is a signed screen print, printed in white, silver and black, depicting a stick man with one arm outstretched. It is based on a mural of the same name painted in New York City. This is a rare silver print in the Stik collection which is largely dominated by reds, blues and greens.

The title and subject matter of Liberty demonstrate the artist's commitment to social justice, which is undeniably close to the surface throughout Stik's oeuvre. Standing firmly and strongly, the stick man of Liberty raises one arm defiantly over his head, invoking the clenched fist emblem of the civil rights struggle.

Tompkins Square has a long history of civil disobedience and has long been a flashpoint for conflict between those in charge of police public areas and those who utilise them. By including a traditionally fragile-appearing character in the print who is both towering and powerful, staring down at passing people, Stik alludes to Tompkins Square's historic importance as a site of protest.