Prisoners' Art from the personal collection of Janie Paul.
Landscapes give us a place to inhabit. They give us familiarity of foreground and delicious possibilities of horizon and of distance. Nowhere is this more necessary than in prison where the textures of daily life are replaced by barren spaces of confinement, where time is flat and noise is constant. Prison artists carve out their sense of belonging by creating places of peaceful solitude where light and shadow create the shape of time and where quiet events occur. We enter into these places by the grace of the artist's imagination and feel their presence in the stroke of the brush or the touch of a pencil.