Public Health Crisis
Artist Eric Avery responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic as both printmaker and practicing physician/psychiatrist. He commented:
Cutting wood and linoleum, hand-rubbed printing, beating paper pulp from my work shirts, pressing paper with my hydraulic press—all of these physical acts move trauma from the brain out through the body. Printmaking is good medicine if you've got a lot of distress and emotional pain.
As It Is references the composition of Max Beckmann’s 1915 drypoint print, The Morgue.