Cellblock Visions is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row – the alternative artworld flourishing today in Americas prisions. Men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-worth, an opportunity to vent rage, a way to find peace.
They transcend the cramped space, limited light, and narrow vistas of their prison studios. They triumph over security bans with ingenious resourcefulness – extracting color from shampoo – making paint out of M & Ms – weaving with cigarette wrappers.
Thursday, March 15, 2012