“Lazdins is a storyteller who repurposes old newspapers, journal articles, drawings, cartoons, and publicity materials to give energy, texture, motion, and context to her portraits. “These are all stories,” she says of her paintings, “stories of people I come in contact with and emotions, stories about courage and the voice of the city.” Her subjects are a chorus within a community that speaks its truth in the face of disproportionate power…”