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#4 – A whittle of the Chip (1/10/14)
This was the third piece I completed while incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon. This piece was begun by putting only a circle made using a Department of Corrections issued coffee cup in the center of the paper and creating the art in and around the circle. To draw the lines I used only a Bic pen and my prison ID. This design looks like a computer circuit board or chip, so I called it “A whittle of the Chip”, which is a play on words.
“As to whittle about, I created such a chip”, so to say! Also, the paper that this art piece is drawn on is provided by the DOC to indignant new arrivals so they can send letters out to family and friends. This paper is the same kind that’s used by teachers to give to their first grade students to learn how to practice their ABC’s, as I did in the 70’s. Through this one piece of recycled paper given to children normally I was able to express my emotions and state of mind while in total isolation, whittling out the piece as well.