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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Frances Jetter (b. 1951). Textbook Censorship, 1984. Linocut. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (021.01.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–51309 © Frances Jetter

Inflicting Ignorance

Frances Jetter uses sieves as a shockingly effective metaphor for censorship. In a tiered image, she visually tracks this disturbing process inflicted on fulsome forms of books, forcibly reduced to drastically miniaturized forms, and finally to pitiful slips of paper, symbolic of simplified, fragmentary thoughts. Striving to remain true to her principles, Jetter "accepts commissions only for theses that she personally supports." She also creates sculptures and award-winning artists books.