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NEW VIDEO: “Sue Coe: Art of the Animal”

By Jasmin Singer — December 20, 2011

Sue Coe is one of my heroes. She basically epitomizes the essence of our Art of the Animal video series, which features artists of all kinds who speak up for animals through their medium. We are, to say the least, thrilled — beside ourselves, really — to be featuring Sue Coe in our newest Art of the Animal video. As I write this, I am staring at a print of one of my favorite works of hers that hangs in our living room. It tells the story of Queenie, a cow who escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, and wound up at Farm Sanctuary.

Queenie Poster by Sue Coe

Our video-short takes you on a journey narrated by Sue herself, and features selections from her vast body of work. In it, she describes the impetus behind her life’s work – growing up next door to a hog farm and hearing the hogs’ screaming as they were led to slaughter. These experiences left an indelible mark on her. In turn, she leaves her own mark on the hearts and minds of anyone who views her images, which have been shown in galleries and museums all over the world. The unapologetically graphic nature of her work results in us, the viewers, bearing witness to suffering – a fate that began for Sue so many years ago – yet also leaves us feeling inspired to create change. For Sue Coe, and for many of us who take in her images, complacency is no longer an option. Though many vegans and animal rights advocates are already aware of these realities, even seasoned activists will be moved and inspired by Coe’s artistic explorations of animal suffering.

Now, we invite you to experience the revelatory images that document the reality of animal exploitation, and to learn first-hand from Sue Coe how her journey into this oftentimes dark, but very real world, manifested.

UPDATE:

Keep your eyes open for Sue Coe’s book, Cruel, which will be available from www.orbooks.com in Spring 2012.


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(22) Readers Comments

  1. December 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love that you're doing more videos! Can't wait to watch this one. I love Sue Coe (I have her "go vegan and nobody gets hurt" print. Love it). The segment on episode 101 about her first dog? Priceless. It's not about us. Words to live by.

    • December 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Hi JL. I actually saw that photo of your print when I was googling her images. :-) And yes, thanks for mentioning the dog story that we put in episode 101 (http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2011/12/episode-101-knowing-is-not-enough-we-must-apply-willing-is-not-enough-we-must-do/ and http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-hen-house/id350069146). We LOVE that story of Sue's that we published on that episode where she tells how she got her first dog. So happy you listened to that. Thanks, as always, for your support.

  2. December 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Very powerful!

  3. December 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    This is a treasure given to share by one of the greatest artists here who has made art to bring awareness in this realm so that there is less suffering for all life. That is the vision, the beauty of the Heart to Heart. If we only had such a living document from Kathe Kollwitz.

  4. December 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    So moving!! I totally want one of her prints. Thank you so much for posting this. I have an Arts Education degree, and I LOVE her work! A very inspiring woman!

  5. Joy Askew
    December 28, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you guys- a wonderful video. She is so straightforward with what she says that I could feel myself squirming and wanting to pull away. No wonder people cry in front of her paintings. Sue Coe makes me want to brave the world and activate!!

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

      thank you, joy. we are so glad you watched this video. sue is indeed incredible -- as are YOU -- and we were thrilled to have featured you in our art of the animal video, too. you both make me want to be the best activist i can be. xo

  6. January 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I'm starting to see the connections between art and activism. I haven't had much art in my life although I love writing and music, but seeing the images made me feel something. I'd like to see more of Sue Coe's work (and that of other vegans) because I feel the connection now. Thank you for sharing this.

    • January 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

      what a wonderful message, carrie. i'm so glad that this video enlightened you more to sue's work, and to the importance of combining art with advocacy. thanks for watching, and for commenting. xo

  7. Jessica
    January 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Her work is so stunning and powerful. Is her animal-centric work featured in any current exhibitions?

    • January 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. She has a gallery in NYC, but I don't believe she's currently being featured there. Yes, we agree -- her work takes your breath away.

  8. August 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

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  9. April 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I am such a big fan of Sue Coe's work and this video was just wonderful. Very inspiring for a fellow artist, too.

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