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Lauren "Shane" Daly

"Untitled" - Lauren Shane Daly

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Currently incarcerated in Florida.

"I started drawing a few years ago in here as a way to pass time and I found it brings me peace and an ability to lose myself for hours at a time, which I really need in here."

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9" x 12" | Chalk on grey drawing paper

🖋 Artist's bio

Lauren Shane Daly I am a 48-year-old gender non-binary person incarcerated at a women’s prison in Pennsylvania. I started drawing a few years ago in here as a way to pass time and I found it brings me peace and an ability to lose myself for hours at a time, which I really need in here. I have a long time to do, even though I didn’t break the law (I know lots of us say it, but I also know you know sometimes it’s true) and honestly, sometimes it eats me alive. I thought maybe if I could learn to create beautiful things (which I’m not sure I’ve accomplished yet) I could bring some happiness and joy to people in pain. In return, I feel better about myself. I’m entirely self-taught through books and the constructive criticism of my best friend with an artist’s eye. It’s a slow learning curve and I wish I had the gift of teachers and less restriction on materials I’m allowed to purchase. For example, I have a piece that needs fixative, but I’m not allowed. By the time it gets to you it might be all smeared. My greatest wishes by submitting to your project are:; 1. That maybe people will see that we can create pieces that move them to questions the strict dichotomy society places upon us to separate “good” vs. “evil” people, and “us” vs. “them”. What if I am a person, not a “monster”? What if the system makes mistakes too, not just inmates? And what would the implications of that be? 2. That my daughter might see my picture and want to contact me. .

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