Bubblewrap Lockdown by Mark Loughney

Bubblewrap Lockdown by Mark Loughney

I call these little striped characters Botflies. They’re pupae…and they represent a transitional life stage. Their black and white stripes are indicative of a prisoner, but they seem to have an innate bouncy joyfulness that seems ready to bust out of their shiny chitinous exoskeleton. Prison is a land of repetition and regimentation, so I’ve depicted that in my paintings by organizing my Botflies into rows and columns. – Loughney

Prison Portrait Project – article by Marshall Project. Mark is also featured in and on the cover of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Nicole Fleetwood

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[Image Description: The botflies in this image have stark black and white stripes and black eyes. They are each in their own, polka-dotted cells in a grid of 7 x 6. The dots and backgrounds are bright and festive in their blues, greens, oranges, reds, and pinks. The dots stretch into their neighboring cells with the color-change acting as the border defining each cell.]