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32 Cells: Escape Edition

Client: Old Idaho Penitentiary and Swell Artist Collective

About: In collaboration with Swell Artist Collective and Old Idaho Penitentiary, for the past two years we have worked together to create on-site art shows highlighting stories from the old prison. The first year was a focus on prisoners and their arrest stories. This year was a focus on escape stories. There were plenty of stories to choose from, some harmless and funny, others gruesome and violent. I was really happy to get a story of two women escaping in the 1930s. Aged 17 and 21, the two skipped dinner one night and stacked boxes and chairs tall enough to hop the wall. Unfortunately, they did not get far because of the steep foothills surrounding the prison.