Woodcut, 12 x 45 inches. edition of 25.
Sue Coe, the legendary british-born artist living in the US since the seventies, is participating in Philagrafika as one of the artists at the Print Center. Coe has always understood the role of the print as a means of protesting in face of abuse and inequalities. Her website's name, Graphic Witness, indicates her will to bear testimony to the social and political turmoil she has experienced, and highlights other artists and collectives, from Goya and Kathe Kollwitz, to the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico and artists working under conditions of political repression in El Salvador. One of her main subjects in recent years has been cruelty towards animals, as in factory farming and the industrial meat business. She sells her prints online for almost nothing considering her stature as an artist (she has had solo and group exhibitions at the Hirshhorn, the List Art Center in Providence, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, the New Museum, and LACMA, among others.) Most of the proceedings go to animal rights organizations.
We are showing a group of recent woodcuts, done in her characteristically raw, unadorned style. The one above is inspired by the famous quote from philosopher Theodor Adorno, which reminds us that tragedy always happens in the face of indifference.
Block for the poster, to be printed this week.
Coe just did a woodblock for a poster regarding the current situation in Haiti. This brand new work will be on display at the Print Center.