Market Weight Press exists in the middle of 98 acres surrounded by rolling, contour strip farmed hills in the Driftless Area of Southern Wisconsin. It’s a place with few people, and lots of animals both wild and domestic. The animals featured in the work are from our farm and surrounding farms as well (we moved here in 1998). We raise hogs, chickens, and turkeys as models, and for meat, eggs…. It is here at Market Weight Press that I print (relief prints, monotypes, intaglio and more), paint and also create mixed-media pieces. The farm–life and death, and the drama of it all–and living in the country is the inspiration for my art.
After eleven successful solo exhibitions in nine years, each of them focused on domestic animal husbandry (A One Chick Show, The Lives of Farm Dogs, The Whole Hog, Corn-Fed…), Sue continues to investigate historical changes in livestock rearing and rural life. With various printmaking techniques—at both a very large and very small scale (in prints and Artist’s Books)—the artwork explores breed genetics, feed consumption, processing animals for meat, and how it affects our lives and the food we eat.
The artwork also explores our relationship with the animals we raise for consumption as well as those we care for in companionship.
Find out about the origin of Market Weight Press‘ name.