Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Presents Prisoner Works
Mark Francis: Sculptures from the Inside examines a range of emotions and experiences from his time in Kentucky state penitentiaries over more than two and half decades through eight sculptures, including the centerpiece, Prison Blues (2011), featuring a block of six jail cells occupied by inmates in a variety of provoking and unsettling states and activities.
Over more than 25 years of incarceration (1986-2014) for a murder conviction, Marvin (Mark) Francis taught himself to create paper-mâché sculptures of dramatic scenes and visions from inside prison. Using limited materials available--including toilet paper, crushed ramen noodles, nail clippers, paper clips, and mail-order wooden dowel rods--he depicted the social, emotional and psychological impacts of his life behind bars.
A victim of child abuse, Francis has expressed that art has helped his healing process, and he, therefore, donates the majority of proceeds from artwork sales to programs that help break the cycle of all types of child abuse.