Axiom, as a project, paralleled Letters With Hospice. Letters With Hospice was a reaction to my grandmother's experience of isolation. I began to see similarities between my grandmother's isolation in nursing homes and my step-brother's isolation living in a max security prison for 8 years. Isolation was forced upon family members, both in terms of care and punishment. In both projects, I wanted to explore ways of breaking that inhumane isolation. Alike Letters With Hospice, Axiom connected creatives local to Ohio to creatives who were incarcerated at Marion Correctional Institute in Marion, Ohio.
Artists who lived outside of the prison were able to visit, email, and write the artists who were living under incarceration to collaborate on work together. With the help of the Jean Pitman, Cameron Granger, and the Wexner Arts Center, we video recorded an exhibition of Martin Wong's work that was slated to be projected inside the prison, accompanied with a discussion with inside artists. Unfortunately, the project was ultimately interrupted and discontinued when a romantic relationship was determined by the prison as established between an outside artist and an incarcerated artist.
The project was granted support by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and administratively supported by the Healing Broken Circles, Inc.
Participating Artists :
(last names of incarcerated artists are not shared for the safety of any possible victims as well as the safety of the inmates)
Alicia Jean Vanderelli