“My body may be imprisoned, but nothing can keep my creative vision from reaching out beyond these walls.” – the unbounded heartwork of Carole Alden On August 27, 2018August 27, 2018 By thejusticeartscoalitionIn Art in Prison, arts in corrections, Creative Writing in Prison, healing, healing art, incarcerated artist, Prison Art, prison arts advocacy, Social justice, Uncategorized Prison Cell Bars Triptych, part 1: “‘Woman impaled upon bars’: I originally did this concept when I was very first incarcerated and facing a sentence of 20 – life. I had been unexpectedly ripped from my children’s lives. Out of five children I still had two that were young enough to be at home. A 14 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. The positioning of the woman represents the overwhelming pain and mental anguish at seeing my hopes and dreams disappear beyond a horizon. I felt helpless and hopeless for a long time.” Part 2: “The woman crocheting is an act of defiance. This is a mindset developed after over a decade. My body may be imprisoned, but nothing can keep my creative vision from reaching out beyond these walls. Whether it’s beauty, or a statement…it’s going to places I may never. This piece is about finding your voice in whatever manner available to you.” Part 3: “In this cell, the fish represents the protective mental and emotional barriers we construct to keep ourselves safe. The child represents the changes we go through to nurture our new dreams.” “The pregnant mermaid and the male with his back turned has to do with domestic violence. Being held captive by a spouse who hides their true nature. Feeling trapped, dead inside, and praying for your children.” “Baby Peeling Head Open – This represents therapy in prison. You’re treated like a child in a steel playpen. Painful but necessary to examine the content of your head in order to grow beyond your circumstances.” “There are four drawings that incorporate mermaids with children or fish. These are simply joyful pieces.” “‘Girl with Dragon’ represents the desire I had as a child to feel protected.” “The horse sea creature is a hippocampus from mythology. Just for fun.” “The Cadillac fiber sculpture (crochet) is a piece that is part of a “When I am free” series. It helps me to visualize a day when I am no longer in prison. I feel that it is crucial to develop a freedom within yourself regardless of your surroundings. It gives you that reservoir of spirit that keeps you intact mentally and emotionally no matter what you have to cope with behind bars. If you believe that they can’t take who you are away from you, then they won’t be able to ever silence you completely. Creating works of art and words are the best way to continue your connection with the larger world.” Share this:FacebookRedditLinkedInTwitterEmailPinterestTumblrLike this:Like Loading...
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Hi David, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with Carole.
i just viewed the art of Carole Alder. i would be interested in her art work for purchase. I live in California, Glendale to be specific. In the past three months I have been focused on women artists on the inside.
I would appreciate a response, and information on how to contact these women artists who are serious about their creativity