Saturday, December 24, 2011

Animal Activist Uses Art to Inspire Change

Advocates for veganism and animal rights are no strangers to the use of art to bear witness to animal suffering as well as to foment change. In sketching, drawing, and painting what she has seen in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and other places where animals are made to suffer all over the world, New York-based British artist Sue Coe is both a witness and a change agent. Our Hen House, the internet’s hub of all things vegan and animal rights (which was recently named Indie Media Powerhouse of 2011 by VegNews Magazine), is proud to announce the latest installment in their Art of the Animal series: a new video-short, Sue Coe: Art of the Animal.

Our Hen House’s ongoing Art of the Animal video series speaks with artists of all kinds who speak up for animals through their medium. Previous subjects have included visual artist Jonathan Horowitz, singer-songwriter Joy Askew, filmmakers Denis Henry Hennelly and Casey Suchan, and poet Gretchen Primack.

Directed by Our Hen House’s Executive Director, Jasmin Singer, the video-short takes the viewer on a journey narrated by Sue Coe, and features selections from her vast body of work which, through revelatory images, documents the reality of animal exploitation. Coe 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 the artist. In turn, Coe 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 Coe’s work results in viewers bearing witness to animal suffering—a fate that began for Coe so many years ago—yet also leaves many 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.

Click here to view the video.

Source and photo courtesy of Our Hen House.

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