Sue Coe one has long been the single most recognizable artist dealing with animal liberation politics and one of the few to draw explicit connections between animal oppression and capitalism. In work that has spanned decades, she has forced readers to consider the horrors of animal subjugation and inspired many activists to re-think the role of class struggle in the movement. Her most recent collection of art supports a movement call to action: The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto. The works are inspired by graphic novels of the 1930’s and are in the tradition of Goya, Kollwitz, and Groszand. Dedicated to animals liberated from slaughterhouses, the 115 black-and-white woodcut illustrations span an enormous range of ideas, contexts and interpretations. As is often the case with Sue’s work, many images are troubling and provocative. [Read more…]
Sue Coe grew up in Liverpool and studied at the Royal College of Art in London. One of the preeminent political artists of our generation, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her publications include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa; Police State; Dead Meat; Bully! Master of the Global Merry-GoRound; Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for Five Voices and The Ghosts of our Meat. She lives in upstate New York.