Record Profits, by Sue Williams, 2008

Sue Williams, Artist
Record Profits , 2008

Oil and acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 in. (177.8 x 177.8 cm)
Credit Line
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and 303 Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects

Record Profits presents a nearly impenetrable and highly detailed accumulation of interlacing forms in shades of corporeal red. Like an excerpt from a much larger field of penetrations, ruptures, and dripping forms, the painting envisages the ever-expanding "war on terror" as an abstract expressionist bloodbath. Perhaps in reference to the sums of capital—political, cultural, or material—expended on a Middle East war, the title darkly projects an economy that accrues and trades in dismembered bodies.