Woodcut print, 76x56cm

In January 2015 the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were attacked by two Islamist extremists, killing twelve and injuring a further eleven of their staff. Other attacks happened in the Paris region over the next two days, including the taking of nineteen hostages at a kosher supermarket, of which four Jewish shoppers were murdered.
My completely inadequate response to these events was to create a woodcut bearing the word Liberté, from the French revolutionary motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. This was always a problematic slogan, given the inability of any state or institution to live up to such ideals, and the long history of oppression, discrimination, inequality and division that marks human societies. Still, I made the print and it is what it is.

There were 33 monoprints in different colours and orientations.

Liberté woodcut monoprint, 76x56cm
Liberté Moiré woodcut monoprint, 76x56cm
Liberté Moiré woodcut monoprint 76x56cm

 

Liberté Moiré installation view, 2015
Liberté woodcut monoprints, installation view
Liberté woodcut monoprints, installation view