Look Again: The ACM Collection Inspires the Boston Printmakers

Art Complex Museum Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts

May 17 – September 6, 2015

Debra Olin Birds and Bees, 2014 monoprint collage 64” x 76 ¾”
Debra Olin
Birds and Bees, 2014
monoprint collage
64” x 76 ¾”
“Beets, Birds, and Bees” is a response to “Helft Russland (Help Russia),” a lithograph by Käthe Kollwitz. Kollwitz created this print to raise awareness of the 1921 Volga famine in Russia. I started to think about what famine looks like today, in this country. There appears to be an abundance of food yet many urban dwellers have no access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and GMO’s are irreversibly changing our agricultural landscape. Instead of death by starvation in the United States, we have death by obesity, working its destruction through illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. The figure in “Beets, Birds, and Bees” is Chaacmol, the Mayan God of water.