Frances Jetter’s prints, artist’s books, and drawings focus on political and social subject matter. Her images have illustrated articles in publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Nation, the Village Voice and The Progressive.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jetter’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, Detroit Institute of Arts, The New York Public Library, and Grinnell College Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnell, Iowa. Her artist’s books are included in the Library of Congress’ Rare Books and Special Collections, The New York Public Library’s Spencer Collection, and in numerous public and private collections.
She received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts in the category of Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books in 2003 and in 2011, and a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2010. ‘Cry Uncle” won the Honorary Mention Award at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland in 2010. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979.
“Cry Uncle” an expression used by bullies to demand submission of the other, is the title of this 23-page accordion fold book, a graphic response to man’s inhumanity to man in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and Bagram,
written, designed and illustrated in 2009. It begins in the Orwellian “Ministry of Love,” “where they had ways to make you talk.”
A canvas sack holds a portfolio covered with thin, creased, fragile-looking Nepalese paper resembling human skin. 11 images carved from 24” x 18” linoleum blocks, along with letterpress text, were printed on translucent, handmade Japanese paper, allowing the viewer to glimpse the shadow image of what came before.
In “Street of Booksellers”, (wood cover, linocut, 6.5″ x 6″, 2012) the voices of long-dead poets continue to speak to us, from the “heads, tails, spines and bodies” of books- burned, broken, bulldozed and buried, on Al-Mutanabbi Street, and other streets beloved of writers and readers.