“…the last words, or portions of last words, spoken by death row inmates.” - the artist
These paintings are part of a series titled Last Words. All four paintings include the last words, or portions of last words, spoken by death row inmates. All inmates have been executed in Huntsville, TX in the last two years.
The purpose of this series is to look more closely at the human side of death row prisoners. Since it is a dark topic that people often don't like to focus on, I have contrasted their last words with colorful abstract paint, childish font, and glitter for added texture.
The point is to see the juxtaposition of a human being's last words spoken on earth, combined with colors and textures that are aesthetically pleasing. My purpose as an artist is to make the viewer think about prison inmates and the topic of the death penalty and justice.
It is not my goal to convince the viewer to have empathy, or make a decision on whether the death penalty is moral or not. Rather, it is a pleasant way to force society to think about an otherwise often ignored group of people and promote discussion.
If a viewer would like to read the complete last statement and more information on the inmate's crime, each painting is titled with the name of the inmate and the date of their execution.
About the artist:
I am an art teacher in Plano ISD with a variety of styles and mediums. I typically make portraits, however I am constantly trying out new mediums and different kinds of subject matter for my artwork. I try to consistently make artwork that has a deeper meaning, requires thought, and promotes discussion from the viewers.
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