These ceramic sculptures are collaborations with my incarcerated brother. While I visit him in prison, we draw on tiny torn pieces of scrap paper using nubby number two pencils. The drawings were passed between us at the visiting table and finished by either one of us. I then smuggled some of the drawings out of prison and transferred them onto sculptures using transfer printing methods. The forms of each sculpture were prompted by imagery in the drawings.
I studied in fine art schools, museums, and galleries. For fifteen years, he has studied tattoos, books, and magazines in prison. Normally our work is in contrast, but here, our artistic practices, developed in completely different worlds, come together into something cohesive. It is an intimate physical process shared within the constraints of a callous violent system, and giving our drawings a more volumetric status outside of prison walls is an act of resistance. The result is an abstracted bodily trio, looking tattooed, humorous, and creepy.