History of Lady Justice

“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.”

The persona of Lady Justice allows me to explore 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 my work as Lady Justice.

My alter ego surfaced like a phoenix during the 2006 NAC performance, St. Catharines, Ontario. I spent 3 weeks on-line soliciting participants to go to bed with me (and my cameraperson). We videotaped individuals & couples talking with Lady Justice about sex/intimacy. These were projected during a ritual exhaustion dance whereby Lady Justice’s blindfold fell to reveal a weeping goddess. The weeping Lady Justice holding her Scales & Sword guided a candlelit parade through the dark night time streets of St. Catharines.

collection of 12 videos of Lady Justice performances

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