LADY JUSTICE aka Margaret Dragu
LADY JUSTICE is
“Mature but not old; Lady Justice aka Lady J and sometimes just La Dragu is without question the world's most ubiquitous artist model! Formerly called Justita, and earlier Themis, Dike & Ma'at, she is seen in paintings, sculptures, friezes around the world, & as chachkas on E-Bay.”
Lady Justice seeks and represents justice while exploring issues of sex and representation, sexuality in time of war, transgressed/transgendered body, public/private obsession with celebrity, symbols/symbolism, fata morgana/simulacrum, & notions of vengeance/bearing witness.
It is the act of BEARING WITNESS that is central to the work of Lady Justice.
Lady Justice is often seen accompanied by the Seven Virtues/Vices:
as well as a large community of immortals, celebrities and personae who populate
1. Lady Justice Comic Book/Fumetti/Graphic Novel series
2. Lady Justice Blog
Deep Background History to creation of Lady Justice:
My alter ego surfaced like a phoenix from the flame during a 2006 performance
in St. Catharines, Ontario. I spent 3 weeks on-line soliciting participants to go to bed with me (and my cameraman) to talk about sex/intimacy and as a re-enactment of 1969 Lennon/Ono Bed-In and Give Peace a Chance recording in Montreal. My projection performance culminated in a ritual-exhaustion dance whereby Lady Justice’s blindfold fell to reveal a weeping goddess.
A spontaneous candlelit vigil-parade surged through the streets of St. Catharines lead by the weeping Lady Justice holding her Scales and Sword. Lady Justice has channelled Mary Magdalene during a Montreal performance about AIDS, guilt, and fear; employed salt & wine rituals at many public mourning sites including Edmonton’s statue honouring the slain women of the Montreal Massacre at L’ecole Polytechnique; and performed a 3-hour weeping durational performance about revenge/tolerance during Hive 2 Festival in Vancouver. Lady Justice maintains a strong web presence through Lady Justice Blog, reviewing RSS feeds, & collecting photos of justice/injustice (including traffic accidents, hit and runs) from artists through mail/correspondence art.
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