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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Frances Jetter (b. 1951). Remembering the Iraqi War Dead, 1991. Linocut. Gift of the artist, 2016. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (021.00.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–51312 © Frances Jetter

Lest We Forget

Frances Jetter devises an arresting visual metaphor to drive home an important message about the Persian Gulf War in this illustration. From the upper right, a huge hand opens to release cascades of tiny human skulls, representing thousands of Iraqi lives lost, a point rarely made by the media. In this and other works, she employs her distinctive aesthetic in creating linocuts, a type of print that suits her bold, linear style.