“The greatest living practitioner of confrontational, revolutionary art”
—Critic Donald Kuspit
“Sue Coe is a formidable rhetorician who creates images and phrases sharp as scalpels”
—Nancy Princenthal in ARTnews
"Ms. Coe has been prescient about a lot of things in her searing social-political art. Her work can feel like a punch in the face or a call to action — or both"
—Hilarie M. Sheets in the New York Times
"The muckraking painter Sue Coe sees people's inhumanity to animals as but a prelude to their inhumanity to one another"
—Critic Roberta Smith in the New York Times
“An artist who refuses to avoid painful issues and is relentlessly engaged in policing the state”
—Linda F. McGreevy in Arts Magazine
Currently on View
WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROPAn online exhibition of recent work
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop surveys work—mostly linocuts and woodcuts—done by Sue Coe since the 2020 election. The exhibition’s title comes from a print dating to December of that year: a time when many were buoyed by Joe Biden’s victory, yet wary that it would not be so easy to reunite a nation still suffering from the trauma of the Trump years and the Covid pandemic.
Although the subjects addressed in Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop are grim, Coe’s outlook is optimistic. She first began making linocuts as handouts to be given away at demonstrations. “Prints can be both activist tools and an affordable commodity,” she explains. “That’s why I love them so. They aren’t worth much, except for the ideas that can create change and live on. Art is my way of communicating that the viewer has the power to effect change. The hard right manufactures humans as if they were factory-farmed animals. The most profitable human is the one who consumes, and is consumed, without empathy. The art happens when the viewer makes the choice not to collaborate with those who are destroying life.”
Artist's StatementIF ANIMALS BELIEVED IN GOD THE DEVIL WOULD LOOK LIKE A HUMAN BEING.
Animal Liberation is a gloBal social justice movement to resist the genocide of the gentle. Like any other social justice movement in history, where an oppressed group struggles for justice, activists are mocked and demeaned. Non-human animals are legal chattel property, they are an oppressed class. Yet they know the injustice of a slaughterhouse. They run and fly from the sound of guns, bite their legs off to escape from traps and chains, gasp to escape the nets and hooks. They Go mad in laboratories.
ART DEPICTING ANIMALS IS TRIVIALIZED, BECAUSE ANIMALS ARE CONSIDERED TRIVIAL. ANIMALS BELONG TO THEMSELVES, THEY ARE NOT HUMAN PROPERTY IN ANY WORLD THAT VALUES MORALITY. ALL THEY OWN ARE THEIR BODIES, WHICH ARE VIOLENTLY STOLEN FROM THEM. HUMANS BREED ANIMALS, ONLY TO MURDER THEM. THERE ARE VERY FEW PLACES ON PLANET EARTH, WHERE HUMANS NEED TO KILL ANIMALS TO SURVIVE AND NOWHERE SAFE FOR ANIMALS TO LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN PEACE.