This artwork was created over many visits to a maximum security prison. At the end of our monthly workshops there - we would often have left over paint on paper plates so we began painting these 4 panels of a tree in different seasons. Trees are a strong motif that came up in a lot of our workshops with the Deaf men in prison. At one point when working on another project of a tree - the guys asked the newest person to describe what trees and leaves look like on the outside so they could do a good representation. It had been a long time for some of them without seeing trees or fully experiencing the seasons.
Deaf Men in Max. Security Prison
Acrylic on canvas
4 panels of trees showing different seasons from left to right. Fall season tree with colorful leaves. Spring season tree with cherry blossoms. Summer season tree with large chrysalis for a butterfly. Winter tree with Sign Union flag waving.
The RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center retained rights from artist or next of kin on August 20, 2020
Deaf Men in Max. Security Prison , “Untitled,” RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center , accessed September 28, 2022, https://dyerartscenter.omeka.net/items/show/341.