New York Exhibit Shows the Prison Crisis Through the Eyes of Formerly Incarcerated Artists [yesmagazine.org]

 

The smell of cow’s blood made Russell Craig light-headed. He’d bought a few gallons of it from a butcher shop. Now here he was in a studio, painting it onto canvas, creating shapes that mimicked Rorschach tests he had taken as a child.

“I was being really, like, stressed out. [The blood] was affecting me,” Craig says. “Then some people was advising me to not work in this medium. Maybe I should be careful when I don’t really know what I’m getting into in the spiritual aspect and all sorts of levels I didn’t really understand.”

The piece should conjure up trauma, he thought, so he ignored the warnings. For Craig, the chance to shake up people’s thinking was worth it.

[For more on this story by Allen Arthur, go to https://www.yesmagazine.org/pe...ted-artists-20190219]

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