Friday, October 03, 2014

more from Beyond the Bricks and a giveaway

A few more images from the Beyond the Bricks exhibit.  Each of the visual art pieces here are made by the jail artists with literary work by community artists.  Something we noticed was that the visual art tended to be a little more uplifting whereas the jail writing pieces were a little more raw.

Since sharp tools like scissors or wire or even pencils with attached erasers are not allowed in the jail  our instructors had to pre-cut pieces for collage and weaving.  Inmates drew will small golf pencils and occasionally erased using the bottoms of their shoes.  Necessity is the mother of invention, no?

You can click on the photos below to get a closer look.

This companion artist took a different approach.  She made an art collage that complimented her companion artist's collage rather than create a literary piece. Inmate artist piece is on the right.

As I mentioned in my other post, we had a book published that contains the work of the inmate artists.  I have one I'd like to offer as a giveaway.  All you need to do is leave a comment below, with a thought about this project.

This giveaway is now closed.

A winner will be drawn at random by one of the ducks next Tuesday, Oct. 7th and announced on Wed.

If you'd like a copy of your own they are for sale on Amazon, HERE.

Thank you all!


Jessica Jo said...

This is a really awesome project. Thank you for sharing it with us. I've had many people in my family in and out of jail so many times. Most recently my sister went to rehab, which is much better than jail but has a lot of the same restrictions and her perspective was the same as a lot of these artists here: isolation, feeling the repercussions of her fall. If I won this book, I would hold onto it until I'm on speaking terms with her again (she's a crappy person) and then I would give it to her.

Anonymous said...

This is a great project, Lisa. I have worked with inmates for a number of years now and I know someone who would love this book.

Thanks for telling us about it.

Heather M.

Yumi said...

Beautiful pieces of work and very inspirational. may I add that I love your work, I have been following you for a while and am in awe of your ideas and the beauty of your artwork, keep it up!!

Unknown said...

Wonderful.project and shows that self expression in art achieved in.many.ways and many circumstances. The results speak for themselved. Thankyou for sharing.

Unknown said...

this is a wonderful creation/collaboration.
what a release art can be!

Sarah said...

It is really difficult to offer programs in a prison environment, but this seems to be a really good example of making it work. Finding creative expression can be such a positive.

Michelle said...

This is such a creative, uplifting project! If I won the book, I'd look into sending it to my step-brother, who is incarcerated in TX. He is good at writing limericks; I'll bet he'd love to participate in something like this.

Anonymous said...

So fascinating. Hadn't even thought about the tools used in the pieces. Amazing. x

prpltrtl946 said...

I have a few inmate Artworks and they are wonderful. One is a drawing. One is a sculpture made out of 2 bars of soap and the other is a photo frame made from chip bags! This project of outside and inside collaboration made it just that much more special. I will have this book at some point. I would really enjoy it sooner than later! Thanks for this opportunity!! 8*)


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