Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Live Through This

Live Through This, 2007-2015, oil on shaped wood panel, 63 x 120"

Live Through This, New Work by Stephanie Mercado
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - January 9, 2016

Live Through Thispresents a new kind of history painting.  After her family lost their home, in the 2007 housing market crash, she was forced to reevaluate the proverbial “American Dream”, and the belief that hard work and determination is the road to success.  Live through This is comprised of work that examines real-estate and identity construction, with a contemporary twist.
Reminiscent of imagery found in historical European art, Mercado examines and interprets how history is recorded by changing the narrative.  Her figures live in a world where contrasting elements like 18th century wigs, vintage petticoats stamped with Louis Vuitton’s monogram or textile patterns designed by the artist, Air Jordan sneakers, and contemporary American celebrities coexist.  The narrative is constructed with a visual language that references historical paintings, contemporary art, fashion, video games and cartoons to create images that question the origins and the transformation of our values.

Hooks-Epstein Galleries
2631 Colquitt St
Houston, TX 77098

Friday, October 9, 2015


I decided to change the name of my business from Paper Doll Press to Mano Negra Press. 
I'll be updating my Logo and my sites over the next few days. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Detail of "Live Through This" oil on panel, 5'3" x 10'

             An homage to Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Chavez Ravine and the city of Los Angeles
 as it changes inevitably and rapidly. 

Friday, January 30, 2015


"Got My Mind on Your Money and Your Money on My Mind" 2014
gouache and gold leaf on board 
21-15/16 x 20-1/4" - framed
 available at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX

It has been a long time since I have updated my blog. Not because I have nothing to share, but because I've been working so hard I haven't had the time to sit down and write. I have new work to share, but will refrain from doing so until my next show. The painting above was completed right after my show at Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston. It is one of 5 pieces that I have completed since July. I look forward to sharing some more updates soon.