Prisoner’s art­work to fea­ture at Heath­cote

Melville Times - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

ART has al­ways been about elic­it­ing a re­sponse and that brief will no doubt be ticked when pun­ish­ment, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and so­ci­ety’s at­ti­tudes to­ward in­car­cer­a­tion are ex­plored in a thought-pro­vok­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Heath­cote Gallery, open­ing May 4.

Un­ti­tled is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Rock­ing­ham artist Andy Quilty and a prisoner cur­rently serv­ing time in a WA jail.

Quilty said under strict guide­lines for the ex­hi­bi­tion to go ahead the man’s iden­tity and the prison where he is serv­ing his sen­tence had to be with­held.

Fea­tur­ing a mix of draw­ings, paint­ings and in­stal­la­tions, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines the im­pact of prison life “on the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als”.

In a state­ment, the un­named artist, a Mas­ters can­di­date, said his work was an at­tempt to visu­ally por­tray – from a first per­son per­spec­tive – the im­pact of be­ing con­fined to an ar­ti­fi­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

He said the reg­u­lated move­ments of pris­on­ers and repet­i­tive and mun­dane rou­tine was more harm­ful than good.

“High­light­ing how the prison en­vi­ron­ment im­pacts on the in­di­vid­ual from an in­sider’s per­spec­tive, it may also be pos­si­ble to de­velop a broader aware­ness and open di­a­logue to al­ter­na­tive ways to lessen the dam­age caused to pris­on­ers by the en­vi­ron­ments they are housed in,” he said.

Quilty said he hoped the ex­hi­bi­tion would trig­ger dis­cus­sion about the way pris­on­ers are han­dled.

“It should then be about re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. A mark of so­ci­ety is how we treat the most dif­fi­cult among us,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d481598

Rock­ing­ham artist Andy Quilty will col­lab­o­rate with a WA prisoner on Un­ti­tled, an ex­hi­bi­tion at Heath­cote Gallery.

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