Visions of Confinement is also made possible by our exhibiting visual artists as well as our spoken word artists. Below are short biographies of each artist.
Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn-based artist who utilizes her art making as a means to expose the injustices experienced by incarcerated individuals and to raise awareness on the struggles of oppressed people throughout history. Dawson received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration at NYU in 2013.
Kristi DiLallo is a New York-based editor and founder of The Grief Diaries, an online magazine of art and writing about loss. She teaches creative writing for young women incarcerated on Rikers, while also continuing to work on her memoir about family violence and the stigma around children of incarcerated parents. DiLallo received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University.
Brittany Knapp is a Brooklyn-based artist, art therapist, and activist who notes her personal experience as previously incarcerated juvenile within her work. Knapp uses her art making as a means for healing and personal growth and to spread awareness of institutional abuse and sexual violence against women in New York City jails.
Elizabeth Locke is a poet and spoken word artist who utilizes her poetry to spread awareness of the trauma many women face behind bars. Her personal experience as a previously incarcerated woman allows her to become an advocate for those currently incarcerated, especially juvenile girls. Locke’s mission is to empower positive change.
Rozette Mclean is a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist who uses art as a means to discuss her personal experience of dealing with mass incarceration, and how incarceration has an effect on families.
Lisette Oblitas-Cruz is a formerly incarcerated self-taught artist whose art making flourished during her time behind bars. Oblitas-Cruz notes that her art became a means to escape the grief, pain, and sorrow she experienced on the inside. Her art making continues to play an important role in re-shaping her identity.
Charlecia Joy Paul
Charlecia Joy Paul is a Philadelphia based artist whose art is influenced by the vibrancy of Caribbean culture. Paul’s work is filled with exploration and self-reflection while also delicately portraying women in a state of continual growth and blooming. She notes that her goal is to grow spiritually and culturally in order to enhance her knowledge of the self.
Amy Povah is the Los Angeles-based founder of the CAN-DO Foundation. As a previously incarcerated woman, Povah uses her platform to assist women with clemency. Her poetry address issues of women who are wrongly incarcerated, bringing to light the injustice many women face as they are labeled “co-conspirators” of crimes they did not commit.
Alana Roth is a Bronx-based artist and public defender, whose artistic practice coincides symbiotically with her legal pursuits. As a public defender, she represents those who cannot afford a private attorney, and notes that she is profoundly disturbed by racial and economic disparity in the judicial system. Roth has also taught visual arts to women incarcerated on Rikers Island.
Steven Rubin is an Associate Professor of Photography at Penn State University. His photographic work, focusing on immigrant women incarcerated in detention centers, has been supported by the Open Society Institute and been widely circulated by Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Human Rights First. Rubin hopes to use his photographs to improve immigrant detention.
Charly Swing is a Eugene-based artist who is interested in women’s stories of incarceration, and their ability to find inner strength under the conditions. Her work hopes to address the broken and inhumane system of incarceration. Swing received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
Ivy Woolf-Turk is a formerly incarcerated certified professional life coach, founder of Project Liberation, and a multi-disciplinary artist. She has devoted her life to the personal development of previously incarcerated women and serves as an advocate for raising awareness of some of the issue women, families, and communities face by incarceration. Wolf-Turk notes that she also works to rewrite the stories of incarcerated women.
Pamela Winn is a poet who was previously incarcerated and who utilizes her poetry to provide a strong, compassionate voice in order to advocate and empower incarcerated women. She also uses her poetry as a means to raise awareness of the trauma and experience she felt behind bars. Winn notes that she continues to endure the hardships of incarceration after returning home, and uses her poetry as a therapeutic exercise.