Reflections on prisoner art
“… for people drowning within a system of noise – lacking in communication skills – art may be the last communication device. It becomes a piece of the potential for peaceful holistic rehabilitation.
Advances in neuroscience have led therapists into the space in between the mind that moralistically disconnects and becomes socially inept. the space that contains the memories of trauma that have been laid decades earlier. the space in between war and peace the space in between chaos and despair the darkest moments. the latin term for psyche means to have an animating, directing soul which occupies this space maintaining the faculty of reason and theory of mind art instills peace through the down regulation of the central nervous system”
Sarah Tucker (Keynote speech at Art from Inside 2020, Brisbane)
“We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.”
Well worth a look. We admire the thought behind the works, and the intentions of the artists to make a better life for themselves.
Yvonne (Art from Inside visitor)
“The best of art is often that which flows from the life/experience/family etc of the artist. This exhibition is wonderful overall as it presents so much that is personal and that explores spiritual life… Overall these are very well executed works and a lot of thought provoking treatments.”
Geoff Ginn, Gallery owner and judge for Art from Inside.
“The process of creating and making [the artworks] can be very powerful in our communications of self and our very being, and as such they can represent what Art is about: expression, experiential, sometimes intensely personal and sometimes quite extraordinarily communicative.”
Dr Gladys Martoo, Academic and judge for Art from Inside.