Best Of 2018

Best use of sheep to make a statement: DEBRA RADKE’S SHEEP SERIES

Best use of sheep to make a statement

Debra Radke first met her sheep at an artist’s residency in the Bulgarian village of Lessidren. But Radke isn’t really interested in painting the world as we see it. In other words, those sheep that started appearing in her artwork a few years ago aren’t just your average sheep innocently grazing in the countryside. They’re always in interesting colors, surroundings, and arrangements. These colors and arrangements mean something. When Trump became president, those sheep started doing all sorts of interesting things. It’s not always obvious what Radke is trying to say with these sheep, but the titles often provide a clue. With her latest work, you can see her sheep rallying for a greater acceptance of diversity in our society. —Jennifer Ring