No More Names by Ellen Melchiondo

“No More Names” was made to memorialize the lives of women that were beaten down by death by incarceration and to lift up those currently entombed in prison serving life without parole sentences. Though the figure has no arms, it doesn’t render the women powerless nor decrease their strength. I attached two milagros to symbolize their arms/resilience and a house, as prison is not their home-home is a place they belong to and strive to recreate outside of the prison boundaries. The quotes are from women currently in prison at Muncy and Cambridge Springs. I believe in their right for freedom. I believe in burning down the institutions and hope for the day that the basket containing their names can be lit on fire too-end death by incarceration.

“No More Names” was made to memorialize the lives of women that were beaten down by death by incarceration and to lift up those currently entombed in prison serving life without parole sentences. Though the figure has no arms, it doesn’t render the women powerless nor decrease their strength. I attached two milagros to symbolize their arms/resilience and a house, as prison is not their home-home is a place they belong to and strive to recreate outside of the prison boundaries. The quotes are from women currently in prison at Muncy and Cambridge Springs. I believe in their right for freedom. I believe in burning down the institutions and hope for the day that the basket containing their names can be lit on fire too-end death by incarceration.

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