Like Blake's illustrations of the Inferno
, Sue Coe
's artwork is both beautiful and harrowing to behold. An activist in startling imagery, Coe has been fearless in her portrayals of the Ku Klux Klan, gang rape, apartheid and the meat-packing industry. Hog-heavy North Carolina did not escape unscathed from her 1996 attack on the latter, entitled Dead Meat
, a book of drawings and short journal entries that details the lives and deaths of animals from cattle cars to stockyards. On exhibit at the Ackland, "Poultry Packing Fire" (pictured) tells the story of the famous 1991 blaze in Hamlet, NC's Imperial Food Products Poultry Plant, where plant management locked the fire exits and 21 workers died. The British-born artist comes to UNC-Chapel Hill's Hanes Art Center on Jan. 29, at 8 p.m,. to speak on her work dedicated to animal rights. The event is free and open to the public. Call 406-9837 for more information.