Color Fancy #1 by John Zenc

Color Fancy #1 by John Zenc

Medium: Marker on paper

Size: 9 in x 12 in

Artist statement: I myself love to create art. I wanted to continue to create art in prison to show people I did not waste my time in here doing nothing or being up to no good – but rather I created odd and fun art to show that my time in here was not wasted. I create art to show society how important art is; how it is so vital to be able to express one’s self. Without art, the world would be a dull and boring place. In prison, art has even more meaning to prison artists – it is an escape into a world of wonder, a world of hope and love, a world of unknowns. Art lets me tell the world that I am sorry for my selfish actions 44 years ago. Art lets people know, we, I, am more than just a prison number, but a human being with human emotions, a person that should not be ignored and locked away forever. Art shows people who I am. Art shows how I forgive myself for what I did 44 years ago. You all may hate me for who I was, but please don’t hate me for who I have become. As John Lennon sang – “Give Peace a Chance.” Stop all the hate. Life’s too short. Show love and compassion to all – no matter who they are. Love can change the world.

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