Art for Justice: a healing tool for prisoners seeking redemption

April 7, 2017

Jessica Libor is an artist from Philadelphia, PA. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and also at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.

In the classic book by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, the main character, Dantes, is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and spends years of his life in solitary confinement with no relief.  I remember reading the passage and imagining the hopelessness of the situation:

He descended fifteen steps, and the door of a dungeon was opened, and he was thrust in. The door closed, and Dantes advanced with outstretched hands until he touched the wall; he then sat down in the corner until his eyes became accustomed to the darkness. The jailer was right; Dantes wanted but little of being utterly mad. . .

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