The story begins with Watson visiting his mate’s house and finds this painting on the wall which depicts correction officers and life behind bars from a prisoner’s perspective.
It was insanely grabbing. There was something about it that wasn’t any piece of art that I had ever seen before. I asked him where he got it from, and the answer was jail,”
Watson went to NSW Corrective Services for more information. A Few weeks later, with the company of two correctional officers, he was arranged to interview artists behind bars at Sydney’s Long Bay Correctional Centre.
It’s full of incredible paintings, so prison scenes, abstracts, meditation on mental health and life incarcerated. It was made even more powerful by the context.”