Sue Coe: Double Parked On The Highway of Life

Born in Britain, Sue Coe moved to the US in 1972 and immediately began work as an illustrator for the op-ed page of the New York Times. Coe has an unerring instinct for anticipating significant issues, her works are dark, intense and harken back to German Expressionism. Moving images usually of a political and shocking nature – the defense of animals in industry, racism, poverty, women’s rights, environmental and class struggles. Her dedication to animal rights began early- she grew up in a house adjacent to a slaughterhouse, with all of its associated sights and smells. Her book How to Commit Suicide in South Africa —about the death of Stephen Biko and other student organizers in South African prisons—became an anti-apartheid organizing tool used on college campuses to persuade investors to divest themselves of South African stock. Her most recent book, Sheep of Fools, details the horrific conditions of the sheep industry. Sue describes herself as “double parked on the highway of life.” 

LINK - To some great images of Coe’s work she did for The X Files, TV show. 
LINK - To Sue Coe’s art site, books and prints

This was originally published on the homepage of Eclectix, 
in the “Pretty In Pink” issue, March. 2012
For the “Pretty In Pink” online exhibit, click here.

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