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Witness 23 Beautiful Works Of Art Created By The Most Unlikely Artists

The death penalty is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the world, starting well before this country”s establishment. The arguments on both sides of the subject haven”t exactly wavered over the years, even as countries and states infrequently change their stances on capital punishment.

Whether we will ever one day live in an America where the death penalty is abolished doesn”t affect currently incarcerated inmates. One way these criminals deal with the slow march of inevitable death is to channel their fear and confusion into art. Below are incredibly interesting pieces of art done by death row inmates, some of which are quite exquisite. Could a murderer really create such beauty?

If My Journey Were a Book Title by Derrick Quintero.

<em>If My Journey Were a Book Title </em>by Derrick Quintero.

Solitary Confinement by Kennath Artez Henderson.

<em>Solitary Confinement</em> by Kennath Artez Henderson.

Ship by Richard Ordom.

<em>Ship</em> by Richard Ordom.

Highway to Hell by Derrick Quintero.

<em>Highway to Hell </em>by Derrick Quintero.

Do I Compel You? by David Duncan.

<em>Do I Compel You?</em> by David Duncan.

Open Interpretation by Donald Middlebrooks.

<em>Open Interpretation</em> by Donald Middlebrooks.

Chairs and Footstools by Richard Odom.

<em>Chairs and Footstools</em> by Richard Odom.

Silence Is Compliance by Donald Middlebrooks.

<em>Silence Is Compliance</em> by Donald Middlebrooks.

Donna Summer Tribute by Devin Banks.

<em>Donna Summer Tribute</em> by Devin Banks.

Justice by Devin Banks.

<em>Justice</em> by Devin Banks.

Midnight by Donald Middlebrooks.

<em>Midnight</em> by Donald Middlebrooks.

Barnyard Scene by Dennis Suttles.

<em>Barnyard Scene </em>by Dennis Suttles.

The animals and the furniture are made out of white bread and corn dog sticks, respectively.

Let There Be Light by Kennath Artez Henderson.

<em>Let There Be Light</em> by Kennath Artez Henderson.

Hummingbird by Abu Ali Abdur”Rahman.

<em>Hummingbird</em> by Abu Ali Abdur

Lighthouse by Don Johnson.

<em>Lighthouse</em> by Don Johnson.

A Safe Place by Henry Hodges.

<em>A Safe Place</em> by Henry Hodges.

As My World Turned by Akil Jahi.

<em>As My World Turned</em> by Akil Jahi.

The following works are called “surrogate” pieces. They feature a collaboration between Tennessee”s Riverbend Maximum Security Institution inmates and artists, who asked those on death row about one forbidden thing that they miss. The inmates provide the words, and sometimes much of the art, to create an aspiration of hope with the artist.

The Night Sky by Robin Paris and Tom Williams, with writing by Gary Cone, Harold Wayne Nichols, and Donald Middlebrooks.

<em>The Night Sky</em> by Robin Paris and Tom Williams, with writing by Gary Cone, Harold Wayne Nichols, and Donald Middlebrooks.

Photograph and drawing by Upreyl Mitchell and Kennath Artez Henderson.

<em>Photograph and drawing</em> by Upreyl Mitchell and Kennath Artez Henderson.

Untitled by Abu Ali Abdur”Rahman and Kristi Hargrove.

<em>Untitled</em> by Abu Ali Abdur

Untitled by Derrick Quintero and Ann Catherine Carter.

<em>Untitled</em> by Derrick Quintero and Ann Catherine Carter.

Untitled by Holly Carden and Wayne Nichols.

<em>Untitled</em> by Holly Carden and Wayne Nichols.

Untitled by Nickolus Johnson and Zack Rafuls.

<em>Untitled</em> by Nickolus Johnson and Zack Rafuls.

One prisoner said about these projects that he hopes they show how death row inmates “are more than that five minutes of time in our lives where we messed up.” From the looks of the rather delicate subjects and tones of the pieces, one needs no reminder just how the artists themselves are, in fact, human beings.