Susan Tallman is a writer, art historian, and Editor-in-Chief of Art in Print. She has lived and worked in New York, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and currently teaches in the Departments of Print Media and Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Low HeavenBy Susan Tallman
The inventory of trauma-based art is broad and brutal. Goya’s tree-born hacked body parts; Käthe Kollwitz’s crumpled, grieving parents; Otto Dix’s wounded madmen, etched seven years after the war and vibrating with the harrowing immediacy of a PTSD flashback; the list goes on and on.