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The Last Supper

Julie Green's avatar Julie Green

For 15 years I've painted images of death row inmates' last meal requests in cobalt blue mineral paint onto second-hand ceramic plates. The individual plates function as both a portrait and a still life steeped in the traditions of painting and fine craft. The influences of Dutch Delftware and Spanish still life painting can be traced in my illustrations. Every plate in “The Last Supper” is accompanied by a description of the meal request, date and state -- but no more. Without naming the inmate or crime, the meals highlight the human dimension of capital punishment. The plates function as anonymous portraits that when grouped together suggest a memorial to lost life on a mass scale. 600 final meals and two first meals on the outside for exonerated men, are completed to date. I plan to continue adding fifty plates a year until capital punishment is abolished.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: ceramic
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  • Year created: 2015
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