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Moses Whitepig

"Self portrait" - Moses Whitepig

"Self portrait" - Moses Whitepig

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Currently incarcerated in Michigan

“At first, there are empty tears for the self. Then, as time goes by, what you treasure begins to disappear. First, your cat dies, then Grandma. After that, you realize you can’t do REAL cooking with REAL food the way you used to. The house payments get behind and the house is gone. The wife and kids move into an apartment and stop writing. Finally, there are empty tears for the self.”

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in Michigan. He specializes in large paintings.

All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

5" x 5" | Paint on paper

✑ Artist's bio

I think that I was born an artist in a culture that had no reverence for art. But my world gave me art even from an early age. From playdough dinosaurs and rope strand clay pots to model building for the sake of having “cool” toys to play wit on through high school art classes. And always being discouraged from becoming an artist because it didn’t make money and I was only fit for a factory job at best. I finally “became” an artist when I was sent to prison and had to occupy my mind or become dull. Now, I’m somewhat happy to paint art but I still wish there could be a simpler way to create “cool” toys to play with..

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