Jean Grosser

artist statement

My purpose is to give visual expression to issues of social and political conflict. These interests stem from a family tradition of political activism. My grandfather was a conscientious objector during World War I. His experiences in military prisons (Alcatraz and Leavenworth) between 1918 and 1921 have been the subject of my artwork in the past.

My current artistic focus developed out of a call for entries for the Holter Museum in Helena, Montana. The museum asked artists to “transform hate” by making works of art from Neo-Nazi hate literature obtained by the Montana Human Rights Network. I created a series of artworks from this exhibition.

I continue to wrestle with the idea of transforming hate by exploring issues of racial tension in the American south, specifically the controversy concerning the treatment of the Jena six in Louisiana, and the use of the noose as a source of fear and intimidation. I am interested in tapping into the power of images of hate and transforming their meaning.