(c. 1994). Coe, Sue. Small quarto. (10)ff., loose. One of fifty copies, signed and numbered on each print in pencil by Coe. Created by Sue Coe while she spent time with AIDS patients at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1994, this suite provides an unflinching depiction of the physical and psychological toll of the virus. Images of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and of tired doctors bent over skeletal patients are a brutal look at the sheer physical toll of the illness, made all the more emotional by the pained statements that caption several of the images. Some of the statements are taken directly from patients and reveal the weight of the disease itself, of its devastation to the entire LGBTQ community, and of its stigma. One reads, “My family didn’t want me for Christmas. They gave me paper plates and cups to eat off.” Another says, “I feel very lonely. All my friends are dead...I’m Catholic so I can’t commit suicide.” The prints together reveal AIDS as not only a crisis of public health, but also one of public mentality.
Coe is a contemporary champion of social protest art, crafting visual essays of prints and illustrations in order to be highly and openly critical of capitalist institutions and to advocate for animal rights and the rights of marginalized peoples.All prints protected by tissue guards. Housed in a slim paper folder with the biowaste symbol painted in red on the front cover. Mild bumping to the corners of the folder, else fine. Item #30296