Alexandria
 
Virginia

Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

     In 2009, the Occoquan Prison in Lorton Virginia transformed from a penitentiary into the Workhouse Arts Center. Prison cells became studios and artists painted in the white bricked rooms.   We held on tight to large canvases as we carried them into our buildings, as the wind constantly howled and threatened to send us airborne.

At the time, I didn’t realize that the Occoquan Prison housed its share of famous prisoners, such as Lucy Burns, a Suffragist leader. In fact, this prison held a large number of suffragists, who were often jailed for standing in front of the White House quietly holding a sign. In a sense, these women were the first “Occupiers” in American history, as they were the first group to picket the White House and the first to coordinate a constant presence.

     After much study of these brave women, I began a new painting series. These new works tell the stories of Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, Dorothy Stevens, and other women who fought for the right to vote, and who often experienced “enhanced rendition techniques” once incarcerated.  The encaustic paintings combine images of women from that era, portraits of figures in the suffrage movement, and icons of their oppression and their struggle for freedom.

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All work by Julia

Julia Dzikiewicz
2011, 30"x44", encaustic with vintage glass buttons, Swarovski crystals ,scrub brushes, plastic eyeballs and rubber tubing
$4,800.00
Julia Dzikiewicz
2015, 30″x44″, encaustic and Swarovski crystals on panel with hand made wax flowers and encaustic printed paper
$4,800.00
Julia Dzikiewicz
2016, 5'x5', encaustic with strip lighting,encaustic printed paper and Swarovski crystals
$13,000.00
Julia Dzikiewicz
2013, 5'x5', encaustic with crystals
$13,000.00
Julia Dzikiewicz
2012, 5'x5', encaustic with crystals
$13,000.00