|British-born Sue Coe has spent her 30-year
career in the U.S. taking a stand on social problems through her
controversial work, hoping not to shock, but to educate, influence
and inspire change and action. Her artwork, illustrations and books
address issues such as apartheid, AIDS, animal rights, the Ku Klux
Klan, Ethiopian famine and terrorism in Northern Ireland. Coes
work is featured in museums worldwide, including New Yorks
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonians National Museum
of Art and the Oxford Museum of Modern Art.
Sue Coe presents her current preoccupationthe concept of culling.
The word derives from the Latin, meaning to gather together, to
select. Over the last 15 years, Coe's artwork and life have involved
depicting the suffering of animals used in food production. The
juggernaut of the global economy has intensified farm animal production,
to the level in the U.S. of six billion animals slaughtered every
year. Even as individual awareness of animal suffering and the devastating
environmental impact of factory farming increases, the slaughter
intensifies. As capital globalizes, the individual becomes increasingly
isolated from any decision-making. Coe will show some of her most
intense work to date created in response to the devastating spread
of viruses among cattle and the ensuing bonfires of animal flesh
that scarred European farms earlier this year. May those flames
illuminate an awareness not of animal rights, but what gives us
humans the right to murder other animals.