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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Sue Coe (b. 1951). Union Carbide, 1986. Graphite, gouache, and wash. Purchase, ca. 1989. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (020.01.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-40496. Copyright © 1991 Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York

Global Impact

Sue Coe's deep concern for both human and animal welfare comes through in her graphic response to the infamous leak of chemicals from the Indian subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation in Bhopal, India, in 1984. Tons of poisonous gas drifted over heavily populated areas and thousands were killed or gravely injured. Employing her drawing style sometimes described as "caricatured realism," Coe responds with palpable anger over the impact of human desire for power and control over other living creatures.