The composites of drawings are the artwork of 70 artists primarily living in solitary confinement throughout the United States. The prisoners were given the opportunity to participate in what was referred to as the “Mystery Painting Project.” The project’s goals were to unite individuals living in solitary confinement in a kind of visual choir and…

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Essays exploring art, aesthetics, and questions of freedom in creativity and living. Treacy Ziegler is the coordinator of the Prisoner Express Arts program – and it’s a great honor that we share her blog here on www.prisonerexpress.org For the past 25 years I have been an artist working in painting, printmaking and, most recently,  sculpture.   For most…

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“I only saw what they let me [think I] see” – Lyrics by Bob Dylan In a high-security men’s prison art class where I am a volunteer art teacher, I show the students a crude drawing consisting of two simple lines; one line depicts a circle and the other is a short line extending from its…

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