Everyone had their own story and different way of processing the experience, and their emotions.

Just before his final year at UNCG, Sherrill Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and sent to prison. Though exonerated, the experience lives on in this series that reflects on his devastating months behind bars. The paper is made from the issues of an art magazine that Roland received while there. After saving bits from their covers, he ground the pages into a pulp with the few other materials he could have accessed in jail: toilet paper, coffee filters, and the like.

Sherrill then recreated texts and images from the mail he received from friends, Bible passages he read in the prison chapel, and lines from his journals. The drawings offer a record of vulnerability and resilience—both the artist’s and his community’s. As Roland points out, prison changes the lives of those incarcerated and those who love them.