Portfolio: Holding Hands from Solitary Confinement

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Left with not an STD, but a 110 year sentence for my boyfriend's crimes of murder.

Artwork by Sarah Jo Pender


As readers know, Bad Subjects has published investigations of both mail art and prison arts. In mid-2011 we received an invite to participate in an international mail art project called The Art of HOLDING HANDS, organized by inmate #953968 of Indiana Women's Prison, Sara Jo Pender, and her mother Bonnie.

Here is Sarah's own drawing, samples of her collage mail art postcards, the project call, and her note on her situation. --MM

Sarah Pender

Sarah Pender

Sarah Pender

Sarah Pender

Sarah writes:

If you read my Wikipedia page and want to support my fight against INJUSTICE, I'd appreciate that as well. I got screwed by powerful men and did not enjoy it, being left with not an STD, but a 110 year sentence for my boyfriend's crimes of murder. Sometimes I wish that he would have shot me too. But he didn't, so here I am asking you for a hand.

Sarah adds—perhaps reflecting on her prosecution and sentencing—a postscript, a Quentin Crisp quote: Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.




Please write to Sarah Pender #953968, 2596 Girls School Road, Indianapolis IN 46214 as she has been in solitary confinement since 2008, and your correspondence is appreciated.

Mail art for The Art of HOLDING HANDS project can be sent to ART FOR HUMANITY, P.O. Box 36244, Indianapolis, IN 46236 USA and can be viewed online.

Copyright © Sara Jo Pender 2012. All rights reserved.
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