Portrait Garden

Jan 17, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017

Located at the School of Criminal Justice Gallery, 123 Washington Street 5th Floor, Newark NJ

Lynn Cazabon, "Portrait Garden (Wendi, Hemerocallis, ‘Pardon Me’)"

Lynn Cazabon, “Portrait Garden (Wendi, Hemerocallis, ‘Pardon Me’)”

An exhibition by Lynn Cazabon

Reception Monday, March 20, 2-4pm

Portrait Garden is a metaphorical garden of “portraits” of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW), a multilevel security prison in Jessup, Maryland. Portrait Garden used environmental stewardship as a tool for self-reflection, resulting in the creation of three perennial gardens on the prison grounds. Cazabon conducted interviews with each woman, asking them to self-identify with perennial plants. She then selected for each an additional, native species. In the fall of 2013, Cazabon and the eleven women established the gardens, which the women continued to maintain. The following spring, Cazabon returned to photograph the mature plants, creating Portrait Garden, a collection of photographs of the cultivated plants paired with the recorded conversations she shared with each woman.