"Kati’s mother was incarcerated for two years in CCWF, an experience she suppressed until eleven years later when she traveled to the Central Valley to stand for the first time in front of the prison where her mother was held.
This experience profoundly changed Kati. Surrounded by people whose families shared the burden of a similar absence, Kati began to understand the collective impact of this systemic removal of mothers, grandmothers, siblings, and children from our communities. While it had been over a decade since her direct contact with the prison system, the gathering crowd of protestors made clear that the crisis of California’s prison system was far from over. However, in order to fully reckon with the experience of loosing her mother to prison, Kati did what artists do: she made art about it.”
-Adrienne Skye Roberts
Last year, I made work about my mother’s incarceration and had the privilege of putting it up in a gallery on campus. I was then interviewed about it by the wonderful Adrienne Skye Roberts, to whom I am grateful. It is strange to see myself referred to in the third person, but there you have it. If you click the link you can see the work, including paintings, an installation, and letters that my mother and I sent when she was in prison, along with the interview.