Kate Hanlon: The Refugees, Woodcut monoprint 16" x 20"
The Boston Printmakers' most recent call for entry for a member's show is for political prints; a broadly inclusive theme which is wide open to interpretation. I don't usually air my political views in my art, but there is a strong tradition of using the graphic media to call attention to social and political issues, and I rose to the challenge. Here is my new woodcut monoprint, The Refugees, and my artist's statement, below. The exhibit will be on display at Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire from Nov.1 through Dec. 10, 2016. The show opens Nov. 4, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

   The Refugees 

Imagine for a moment that our country is at war, within our own borders. Bombs explode in the street outside your door. You fear for your life and the lives of your loved ones. Life as you’ve known it is now impossible. You must leave in order to survive. 

Where will you go?

How will you get there?

Who will you take with you?

What will you take with you that can be carried in your two hands?

If you make it to your destination, will you be welcomed?

Or rejected?

How will you survive in your new country?

There are so many unknowns. So many people suffering inhumane conditions in their countries of birth. We Americans can feel immune from the type of strife that we observe in fleeting media images, but we are not immune. It could happen to us. Saving one life saves us all; we are all part of the same human family. 

All in the same boat.

Kate Hanlon



Joanne Dumoulin
08/21/2016 1:43pm

Bonjour Kate
Drawing and textbook very touching and accurate.
Thank you

"All in the same boat." This passage really has a deep meaning. For me, this means that we, as people living in the same country, for instance, are facing the same problem, are facing the same crisis, or facing the same happiness and contentment. So, this also means that we have to give importance to unity because being united with each other could be a big help to all of us living with the same goals and objectives.

08/22/2016 9:10am

Merci, Joanne!

09/01/2016 12:00am

Wow, your print is amazing! I am so touched. Thank you for sharing it here.

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