Monday, September 26, 2005

Sue Coe at Galerie St. Etienne

Sue Coe... Untitled (The Last Drowning Sheep) (2002, Graphite, gouache and watercolor on white Strathmore Bristol board, mounted on heavy off-white textured paper, Page 7 from Ghost Sheep. Reproduced in Blab! No. 13, Autumn 2002, p. 61). From the exhibit Sue Coe: Sheep of Fools, September 20, 2005 - November 5, 2005 at Galerie St. Etienne in New York, NY. "...Sheep of Fools (a pun on Sebastian Brant's fifteenth-century catalogue of human vices, Ship of Fools) is Coe's third cohesive body of work devoted to animal subject matter. Her first and to date most extensive such series was Porkopolis, encompassing a ten-year investigation of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Beginning with pigs but eventually expanding to include cows, goats, sheep and poultry, this series was published in 1996 under the title Dead Meat. Coe's adoption of an abandoned pit bull helped inspire her next book, Pit's Letter (2000), a novella about vivisection that traced various connections between human and animal abuse. Sheep of Fools is a direct outgrowth of Coe's two preceding series."


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