Artist's Statement: I draw, paint, and use just about any materials that are within reach to create visual art. At times I create art simply for art's sake – for it's appeal to the human eye -- but more often than not I use art as a form of self-expression. The time that I spend hand-making my art pieces is significant in that I am able to subconsciously sit and project my feelings of hope, empathy, and/or disappointment, among others, onto the materials of my choice. It is a time in which I can immerse myself completely in the creation of interesting visuals, which result from full expression of the self without a need for verbal language. My art pieces are inspired by various issues that affect us as humans. Political injustice, economic, social and gender inequality, and attached stigmas, among others, are all topics that I seek to address in my artworks. Issues among society, from discrimination and immigration to physical and psychological abuse, have been indirectly addressed in my most seemingly controversial and response-provoking prints and drawings. Through the use of rather ordinary materials, I work to creatively to raise awareness and represent the studies of sociology and psychology in art pieces that are open to interpretation.
-- Elizabeth Lopez is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Studio Art at Lewis University. She seeks to raise awareness on topics relating to politics and reform, and human rights and society, among others, by grasping the viewer’s attention through a creative, self-expressive, and indirect address to specific issues.