Art by inmates

LOVEDRAWS (ACRYLICONCANVAS)
LOVEDRAWS (ACRYLICONCANVAS)PHOTOS: YELLOW RIBBON COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION
THE DESERT STORY (CERAMICS)
THE DESERT STORY (CERAMICS)PHOTOS: YELLOW RIBBON COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION
BEYOND THE FACADE (EMBROIDERY ON CANVAS)
BEYOND THE FACADE (EMBROIDERY ON CANVAS)PHOTOS: YELLOW RIBBON COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION

A total of 81 works of art were created for the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition by inmates and former offenders. Three share their inspiration.

LOVE DRAWS (ACRYLIC ON CANVAS)

"This artwork (left) is a reflection of myself thinking about my home. It is the only place where I can find love, peace and never-ending support. I am really looking forward to returning home after my release from prison."

THE DESERT STORY (CERAMICS)

"My art piece (above) recognises my weakness - if I don't get out of my comfort zone or, rather, the complacency of my negative lifestyle, including my circle of friends, it is unlikely that I am able to change."

BEYOND THE FACADE (EMBROIDERY ON CANVAS)

"The incomplete corners in this seemingly perfect design (right) represent my past mistakes and my flaws. However, as the design moves to form a central vibrant core, it represents a new hope for the future, where the society will be more accepting of who I am in the next chapter of my life."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 10, 2016, with the headline 'Art by inmates'. Print Edition | Subscribe