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Jane was an African American woman born around The Bill of Sale included the following wording: "I have this day sold to John Young, a negro woman named Jane, and child about twenty years, which said negro I warrant to be sound both in body and mind, and a slave for life.

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Black is the Day, Black is the Night is a conceptual exploration into the many facets of human identity using notions of time, accumulation, memory and distance through personal correspondence with men serving life and death row sentences in some of the most maximum security prisons in the U.

There is a cage we all long to escape from. Your cage, may not be mine. My cage, may not be yours. The title comes from poem excerpts written by a man who has been in prison since the age of He was retried as an adult at 16 for attempting escape and was sentenced to life in solitary without the possibility of parole at a super-max prison.

He taught himself to write poetry over this time. Living in the land of the lost Waking to the sound of bells Like making a strenuous journey With your mind trapped in hell. As one said, "I have asked myself if I have rather become so used to the company of my solitude that I no longer feel the passing of years and instead am grateful to have life pass with my every moment of existence as if the years were simply minutes.

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Did they embrace the mind of a dreamer, the mind of a thinker or succumb to their bleak environment and allow mental, physical and emotional collapse? Did their violent impulses land them in an infinite state of vulnerability? I began writing several men to look into these complex ideas and ask first hand the impacts of such severe isolation.

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It's probably safe to assume that 17 years on death row seems like a hard way to spend one's life. But, taken one day at a time, I can't say I've noticed it. Since the age of 16 I have only been free once for about 27 months. This is the life I know. How many thousands of ways could I have done things differently Out of our letters a collaboration unfolded.

I constructed images using formulas specific to each of their stories, age and years incarcerated. Through these formulas their portraits became more unrecognizable and their memories became more muddled, regurgitated and fictional with the endless passing years of their sentence.

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I sent these images to them, they would critique them. This went on for years. Of the seven men I originally wrote, I remain in touch with one who has been in solitary confinement since for a crime committed at One was released in at the age of 30 after 15 years in prisonthree eventually opted out, one was executed inanother executed in A conceptual exploration into many facets of human identity using notions of time, accumulation, memory and distance — based on personal correspondences with men serving life and death-row sentences in maximum security prisons in the USA.

Black is the Day, Black is the Night. No longer am I the captain of this ship, rather the oarsman getting the whip Black is the Day, Black is the Night is a conceptual exploration into the many facets of human identity using notions of time, accumulation, memory and distance through personal correspondence with men serving life and death row sentences in some of the most maximum security prisons in the U.

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Oh youth, what have I done to you? If you can see the light in the darkest of holes, you can survive anything Take flight!

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Concrete Study 2. Portrait of a man 19 years into his life without parole solitary sentence where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss. Three Years out of a Life Sentence Sky. He was able to see the sky through a metal grated skylight for one hour a day. The other 23 hours were spent in isolation.

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Fourteen Years out of a Life Sentence Sky. The images were made using appropriated images which were then composited to for the of years he had spent in prison. Nineteen Years out of a Life Sentence Sky. A piece created as a reaction to a pen pal's execution by lethal injection.

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In a poem he once wrote, "Metamorphosis is complete, illustrious beauty, unique. Prison Food Tray acquired from Ebay.

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Portrait of a man 13 years into his death row sentence, where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss. A pen pal describes hood memory of taking refuge in the forest throughout his youth. This image was constructed out of appropriated images and composited to reflect the of years spent in prison. Sketch of a death row cell interior by a then year-old man who has been serving time on death row for over 13 years.

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Diego Rivera Loss. At one point, he decorated his cell with Diego Rivera prints. These were torn down numerous times during shakedowns. He finally decided to leave his walls bare. Portrait of a man 14 years into his death row sentence, where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss. A pen pal facing his swiftly approaching execution describes his dying wish. This image was then constructed from his description using appropriated images and layered to for how long he had been in prison.

Ballpoint pen drawing on paper, folded into a card.

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Sent from a then year-old man who has been in prison since the age of Since 16, he has spent most of his time in solitary confinement. Portrait of a man 15 years into his life sentence, where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss. A pen pal describes the landscape he grew up with while also sharing the memory of the night he and two young men set off on a road trip which ended with him being charged for second degree murder and robbery charges at the age of This image was constructed from his description using appropriated images and layered to for how long he had been in prison.

Envelope art sent from Death Row, San Quentin.

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Christmas card from death row, Mississippi State Penitentiary. Pencil Sketch of a Woman sent from Death Row. Georgia Department of Corrections. Letter written in by a man on Death Row in Mississippi, describing a fellow inmates execution. A pen pal describes being baptized several years ago. The Father had to reach through the bars to touch him.

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Despite the barrier, he remembers the touch as electric. Despite the act of the baptism, he feared it wasn't good enough to save him.

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He longed to do a full submersion baptism in a river, like Jesus. This image was then constructed from his description of the river, adjusted for his years in prison. Handmade Jump Rope torn and braided bed sheet as described by a man who spent 15 years in solitary confinement on death row before being executed in March of Mississippi State Penitentiary.

Return to Sender — "Deceased". Returned from Mississippi State Penitentiary. Portrait of a man 26 years into a prison sentence 17 of which had been spent on death rowwhere the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss. A pen pal described an early childhood memory that haunted him, of walking further and further into the ocean during low tide, until the sudden depth and darkness overcame him with fear.

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This image was constructed out of appropriated images and composited to for the of years he had spent in prison. Portrait of a man 17 years into his death row sentence, where the ratio of years spent in prison to years alive determined the level of image loss.

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