The project ‘Remnants of color blue’ evolved from my engagement with Portland-based artist Richard Lundquist as part of the Columbia River Correctional Institution artist residency – outside program. The first part of the project was a short-term exhibition of painting by Richard. The artworks were the productive outcome of Richards’ time in the Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI). The project was aimed at creating dialogues around the issues faced by a person post-incarceration. It was organized at the Portland City Hall in partnership with the Community Engagement officer Pollyanne Faith Birge. It was part of the annual assembly of Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University.
The second part of the project consisted a panel discussion that included Portland-based writer Martha Gies, Janan Stoll- currently an investigator with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Susan F. Wilk – an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon, and artist Richard himself. The panel was moderated by me. The aim of the discussion was to generate dialogue around creating spaces for healing for the person who has served their terms in prison and is ready to enter our society as a fellow citizen. We discussed the social need to allow spaces for a person to own their past crime and be able to move forward instead of hiding it as a wound from the past. We talked about our potential active role in their social re-integration.