Catlett, Latch Key Child, 1988. Silkscreen
print, ed. 40/50. 31 1/2x25 1/2 inches.
Born in 1919 in Washington, D.C.
Since the early 1940s, Elizabeth Catlett has worked to further art education
and appreciation of African-Americans. She says, "...I wanted to do art
that black people would relate to...I would also like to have them come
into art galleries and museums, and that's what I've been trying to do
Latch Key Child is an example of Catlett's printwork. She favors
this medium since prints are easy to transport and duplicate, which allows
for greater distribution. The same image can thus be seen by many people
in different parts of the country. Catlett comments, "...I work for the
people that I think are going to look at the prints. I want to work for
everybody. I think that I owe, because of being a black woman whose grandparents
were slaves; I feel that talking to my grandmother, my two grandmothers,
that I have been privileged to become an artist and to earn a living as