AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 2023
To highlight the letters of those suffering the torture of solitary confinement in Texas – and to bring something to the capitol while legislators were convening for the 88th Texas Legislative session – a three-screen LED billboard truck was driven around the Texas capital. Exhibiting the raw, first-hand letters of over 20 people in solitary confinement, the truck – much like the project – is an exposé, a public display of a justice system and a state that allows inhumanity and injustice to run rampant.
This gesture urges legislators, and us as a society, to consider the cruelty of isolation at its apex, and how time, when combined with near complete solitude and a severe lack of meaningful educational or rehabilitative opportunities - let alone humane treatment or quality healthcare - becomes torture in its purest form, a type of horrendous infliction not only to be endured but often to be survived.
MARFA, TX - DECEMBER 2022
In early December of 2022, the TEXAS LETTERS were exhibited in the high plains of the Chihuahuan desert. Additionally, the letters could be viewed in MARFA OPEN's gallery space located at 102 S Plateau St, Marfa, TX 79843, United States.
Read more about it at THE MARFA GIANT.