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DarRen Morris: Art and Redemption Exhibition
February 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Write On is pleased to work with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County on events surrounding the art exhibition DarRen Morris: Art and Redemption. The exhibit opens February 4 and runs through March 25.
During the exhibition, Write On will conduct two Art/Speaks programs on Thursday, February 8, and Thursday, March 8, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Participants will write in response to one of DarRen’s paintings. With participant permission, poems and other writings will be sent to DarRen, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Wisconsin maximum security prison.
In March, two events are planned with Judith Adrian, co-author with DarRen of the fictionalized biography In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart. The book “provides through the reflections of the two persons in dialogue, inside and outside of the razor-wire barriers, a look at the humanity on both sides of the walls we have erected in fear.”
That was my age when I was sentenced and I have now served more than half of my life in maximum security Wisconsin prisons.
My sentence? Life in prison.
My crime? I was party to the unintentional death of an innocent man.
Although I was involved in this death, I am not a murderer. I know this in my heart, in my regret for this loss of life, and through my daily actions.
I am an artist. I paint and donate my works of art. In the years to come I want to create art that will help save youth from making thoughtless choices. I also want to create art that will help you on the outside understand what we face on the inside—the very real need for prison reform in Wisconsin and elsewhere and the very real need to involve more people in working toward prisoner rehabilitation rather than punishment.
Most of us on the inside are both perpetrators and victims. Hurt people hurt people.
Help me lessen the hurt.