VVP: Art 434 & Engl. 410

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Restrictions on the Work

'Jesse Krimes, a 31-year-old artist from Philadelphia ... stealthily made a 39-panel mural piece by piece using contraband prison sheets, hair gel, plastic spoons, and New York Times clippings while serving a 70-month jail sentence that ended last September.'

 '“Artwork facilitated conversation. And it humanized me to some of the guards. They saw me not as an inmate but as a person.”'

 'Krimes said that his profoundly isolating and dehumanizing prison experience had changed him not only as a person but as an artist.'

'Working in isolation for five years with limited resources and materials has created an urgent desire to create and collaborate and to help criminals who are locked up to maintain a connection to the outside world.'

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