Peninsula Museum of Art - 1777 California Drive - Burlingame, CA - www.peninsulamuseum.org
Cosette Dudley is a printmaker and lithographer. Her work in this exhibition was inspired by her childhood friend Betty, a young girl of Japanese descent who was forced into an internment camp during WW2. That brutal action shattered Betty and Cosette’s suburban neighborhood, delivering the cruelty of war right to their doors. Betty was seemingly erased from the community, her innocence and childhood cut short. With this exhibit, Dudley creates a link between the historical and the personal, furthering the conversation of erasure by burnishing portions of the images directly off the copper plate.
Cosette Dudley began her printmaking career during the turbulent 1960s. Her work was highly influenced by her own experiences as a child during WW2,as well as the impact of the Vietnam war on her later life. Throughout her career she has continued to explore themes of social justice, civil liberties, war and peace, and the environment.