Broad and High

S8 E7 | FULL EPISODE

Quilts Of Wendy Kendrick, Music By Starlit Ways

Gahanna-based textile artist Wendy Kendrick uses collage techniques to create bold and beautiful art quilts featuring African portrait masks; rather than fabric, Columbus artist Chris Mercerhill sews together photographs to create his kaleidoscopic art quilts; music by Columbus duo Starlit Ways and artist Julie Green illustrates the final meals of death-row inmates.

AIRED: November 19, 2020 | 0:26:46
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>>> PRODUCTION OF "BROAD & HIGH"

IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER

COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL.

SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING

CULTURE AND CONNECTING THE

COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS, EVENTS,

AND CLASSES AT

COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.

>> FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING

SPONSORS --

AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.

>> THIS TIME ON

"BROAD & HIGH" --

MEET GAHANNA-BASED TEXTILE

ARTIST WENDY KENDRICK, WHO USES

COLLAGE TECHNIQUES TO CREATE

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL ART QUILTS.

>> NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU

WHAT YOU CAN OR CANNOT BE.

>> ARTIST JULIE GREEN HAS SPENT

THE LAST 20 YEARS ILLUSTRATING

THE FINAL MEALS OF DEATH-ROW

INMATES.

>> AND MUSIC BY COLUMBUS DUO

STARLIT WAYS.

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THIS AND MORE RIGHT NOW, ON

"BROAD & HIGH."

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>> HI, EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO "BROAD & HIGH."

I'M YOUR HOST KATE QUICKEL.

OUR FIRST STORY TODAY TAKES US

OUT TO GAHANNA AND THE HOME

STUDIO OF WENDY KENDRICK.

THAT'S WHERE SHE MAKES USE OF

COLLAGE TECHNIQUES TO CREATE

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL ART QUILTS

THAT FEATURE AFRICAN-INSPIRED

MASKS.

HERE'S HER STORY.

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>> WELL, LET'S SEE.

HOW FAR BACK DO YOU WANT ME TO

GO?

I WAS THE KID THAT ALWAYS LOVED

ART.

I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO BE AN

ARTIST, BUT COMING UP DURING THE

TIME WHEN I CAME UP -- WHEN I

WENT TO COLLEGE, IT WAS THE

EARLY '70s.

AND FOR MY PARENTS, THEY -- IT

JUST WASN'T IN THEIR REALM OF

THINKING.

MY FIRST POINT OF REBELLION WAS

WHEN I WENT TO COLLEGE.

SO I ENDED UP GOING TO SCHOOL AT

DARTMOUTH.

AND, SO, I WAS AN ART MAJOR, BUT

I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT ART

WAS LIKE IN COLLEGE.

AND THERE WERE A LOT OF BASICS I

DIDN'T HAVE.

OUR ART DEPARTMENT IN HIGH

SCHOOL WAS VERY SMALL.

SO I HADN'T HAD ANY FORMAL

TRAINING TO PREPARE ME.

AND THEN MY JUNIOR YEAR, I HAD A

PRINTMAKING CLASS.

AND THERE WAS A VISITING

PROFESSOR FROM JAPAN.

AND THIS PROFESSOR COMES OVER TO

ME ONE DAY DURING CLASS, AND SHE

JUST STARTS GOING OFF.

SHE LOOKS AT MY WORK AND SHE

JUST STARTS BERATING ME IN FRONT

OF THE WHOLE CLASS.

YOU KNOW, SHE'S QUESTIONING WHY

I'M IN THE PROGRAM, WHO TOLD ME

I WAS AN ART -- I MEAN, TO THIS

DAY I CAN STILL HEAR IT.

AND IT WAS THE MOST HUMILIATING

THING I HAD EVER EXPERIENCED UP

UNTIL THAT POINT.

IT JUST HAD TURNED MY WORLD

UPSIDE DOWN, AND IT JUST CRUSHED

ME.

I MADE IT THROUGH, OKAY?

BUT IT WAS VERY HARD.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO PROCESS

THAT AT ALL.

BUT IT WAS A SERIOUS WOUND THAT

WHEN I LEFT SCHOOL, WHEN I

GRADUATED, I SAID TO MYSELF,

"I'LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

I WILL NEVER DO THIS ART THING

AGAIN."

AFTER I GRADUATED, I DIDN'T DO

ANYTHING.

I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WITH MY ART

AT ALL.

BUT IT WAS JUST -- IT WAS JUST

GNAWING AT ME.

IT GNAWED AT ME FOR ALL THOSE

YEARS.

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IT PROBABLY WAS ABOUT THE TIME

THAT I MET MY HUSBAND, I THINK.

AND SO WE WERE DATING, AND THE

VERY FIRST GIFT THAT I EVER GAVE

HIM WAS A PIECE THAT I DID.

IT WAS FROM AN AD I SAW IN A

MAGAZINE, AND I JUST DID IT IN

PASTEL.

DID IT ON PAPER, HAD IT MATTED

AND FRAMED.

AND HE ASKED ME WHERE I GOT IT

FROM.

SO I TOLD HIM, I SAID, "I DID

IT."

AND HE JUST WENT, "NO, YOU

DIDN'T."

AND I WAS LIKE, "YEAH, I DID

THIS."

HE SAID, "I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU

DID ART."

OKAY?

BECAUSE I DIDN'T -- DIDN'T TALK

ABOUT IT, AT ALL.

SOME YEARS HAD PASSED -- A FEW

YEARS HAD PASSED, AND I SAW A

LITTLE NOTICE IN THE "DISPATCH"

FOR THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART

DOCENT PROGRAM.

I DID GET INTO THE PROGRAM.

SO I ENTERED IN THAT CLASS IN

2000.

WE HAD TEAMS AT THE MUSEUM, AND

SO ON OUR TEAM -- WHICH WAS A

THURSDAY TEAM -- WE HAD QUITE A

FEW ARTISTS.

AND THEY JUST ENCOURAGED ME TO

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, YOU KNOW,

CLASSES, WHICH WE WERE ABLE TO

DO THROUGH CCAD.

AND JUST TO WORK AT THE ART.

ONCE I GOT STARTED, I STARTED

WITH PAPER AND COLLAGE, BECAUSE

I ALWAYS HAD ENJOYED THE WORK

AND LOVED THE WORK OF

ROMARE BEARDEN.

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BUT SOMEWHERE ALONG, AS IT

CONTINUED, STARTED PUTTING A

LITTLE FABRIC IN THERE.

AND OVER TIME, I WAS ADDING MORE

AND MORE AND MORE.

AND SO IT JUST HIT ME, WHY DON'T

YOU PULL THAT SEWING MACHINE

OUT?

AND I STARTED WITH THIS STRIP

QUILTING.

THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST THING I

DID.

AND AT ONE POINT, I DID SET A

GOAL THAT I WANTED TO TRY AND

BEGIN TO MAKE THESE PIECES HAVE

SOME DIMENSION TO THEM, NOT JUST

BE FLAT.

AND THEN FROM THERE, IT WAS

LIKE, I DIDN'T LOOK BACK BECAUSE

IT OPENED A DOOR FOR ME.

IT WAS THE CONNECTION TO THINGS

I HAD LEARNED AS A KID FROM MY

GRANDMOTHER.

SEWING -- MY GRANDMOTHER HAD

TAUGHT ME HOW TO SEW.

IT WAS A CONNECTION TO WHAT I

KNEW.

AND IT JUST FELT GOOD.

SO I'VE KIND OF ZIG-ZAGGED IN

TERMS OF THE ART JOURNEY.

I'M IN A PLACE THAT I'M VERY

COMFORTABLE IN TERMS OF WHO I AM

DEALING WITH THE WOUND FROM THE

PAST, WHICH I'M THANKFUL FOR.

I JUST SEE IT AS BEING PART OF

MY TAPESTRY.

NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU WHAT

YOU CAN OR CANNOT BE.

EVEN THOUGH I SAID I WOULD NEVER

DO IT AGAIN, IT'S WHO I AM.

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>> LEARN MORE ABOUT

WENDY KENDRICK AT ARTBYWEPA.NET.

OR GIVE HER A FOLLOW ON

INSTAGRAM.

AND HERE'S A STORY OF ANOTHER,

BUT DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT,

COLUMBUS QUILTER.

RATHER THAN USING FABRIC,

CHRIS MERCERHILL SEWS TOGETHER

ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS.

HIS GEOMETRIC TECHNIQUE AND USE

OF THE OHIO STAR QUILTING

PATTERN RESULTS IN A

KALEIDOSCOPE-TYPE OF ARTWORK

THAT COMPELS THE VIEWER TO STEP

A LITTLE CLOSER TO IDENTIFY THE

PATTERN, THE STITCHES, AND THE

EVEN SOME ICONIC LANDMARKS OF

OUR CAPITAL CITY.

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>> I AM ORIGINALLY FROM

TORONTO, CANADA.

I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES TO

GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL.

I MET MY WIFE THERE IN

SOUTH CAROLINA.

WE MOVED TO ILLINOIS AND THEN

BACK TO OHIO, 'CAUSE IT'S CLOSER

TO HOME.

SO KIND OF A CLASSIC STORY

REALLY.

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN

PATTERNS, YOU KNOW, SHAPES,

SQUARES, TRIANGLES.

SO WHEN I SET OUT TO MAKE A

PHOTO QUILT, A QUILT MADE OF

PHOTOS SEWN TOGETHER, I START

WITH AN IMAGE.

SO, THIS -- THIS IS AN IMAGE OF

THE NORTH MARKET.

SO, I'M GOING TO USE THIS PHOTO

AND I'M GOING TO MAKE ITS MIRROR

IMAGE.

FOR THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE

QUILT, I'LL CUT THESE TWO INCHES

OFF.

AND THEN THE NEXT LAYER I'LL CUT

ONE AND A -- ONE AND THREE

QUARTERS AND A LITTLE BIT OFF OF

HERE.

AND THEN I MARCH IT DOWN LIKE

THIS, SO BY THE END, BY THE TOP

ROW, I'M USING THESE -- THIS IS

MY FOUR-INCH SQUARE.

SO THE EFFECT THIS CREATES IS

FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM THE

SOURCE IMAGE SHIFTS SLIGHTLY AND

CHANGES.

AND THESE LINES WHICH ARE AT,

YOU KNOW, ODD ANGLES, REALLY

LEND THIS DYNAMISM.

THEY -- THEY INTERSECT IN REALLY

INTERESTING WAYS THAT CREATE

DIAMOND SHAPES AND POINTS AND

SPIKES.

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TRADITIONAL QUILTS, THEY'RE MADE

WITH FABRIC.

AND SO OFTEN, YOU KNOW, THE

STORY IS, THIS IS MY GRANDMA'S

APRON AND THIS IS MY AUNT

MYRTLE'S DRESS THAT SHE WORE TO

SUNDAY SCHOOL.

AND FOR ME, I CAN CAPTURE

MEMORIES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS.

I CAN IDENTIFY PATTERNS OR

PLACES OR THINGS AND THEN USE

THEM IN MUCH THE SAME WAY.

MAKE A QUILT OUT OF THOSE,

INSTEAD OF OUT OF FABRIC.

AND SO, IT'S ALL ABOUT, YOU

KNOW, EXPLORING THE CITY,

FINDING INTERESTING VIEWPOINTS,

FINDING THINGS THAT REACH OUT TO

ME AS A REALLY DYNAMIC IMAGE.

AND THEN I CUT THEM UP AND SEW

THEM TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT

HAPPENS.

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WHEN I WAS IN ILLINOIS, I

STARTED WORKING ON A PATTERN

CALLED LOG CABIN WHICH IS SORT

OF A SQUARE WITH THESE STRIPS

ALL THE WAY AROUND THAT JUST

REPEAT AND REPEAT AND REPEAT

WHICH KIND OF GIVES THE EFFECT

OF A LOG CABIN.

AND I WAS IN THE LAND OF

LINCOLN.

WHEN I CAME TO OHIO, A LITTLE

OVER TEN YEARS AGO, YOU KNOW, I

WAS THINKING AND EXPLORING AND I

FOUND THIS OHIO STAR PATTERN.

AND SO THE OHIO STAR PATTERN,

IT'S CALLED A NINE PATCH QUILT.

THERE'S A GROUP OF PATTERNS

CALLED THAT, BECAUSE THEY ARE

THREE SQUARES BY THREE SQUARES.

AND SO THIS ONE, FOUR OF THE

SQUARES HAVE TRIANGLES THAT SORT

OF FORM AN X.

AND SO THE THING I LIKE ABOUT

THESE IS, YOU GET THESE -- WHERE

THESE FOUR TRIANGLES COME

TOGETHER, YOU GET THIS SORT OF

KALEIDOSCOPIC-Y, DIAMOND-Y

SPOTS.

AND THEN THERE'S THIS PATTERN

THAT SORT OF REPEATS SQUARE,

TRIANGLE, SQUARE.

BUT WHEN YOU PUT IN NEXT TO

ANOTHER BLOCK IT'S SQUARE,

TRIANGLE, SQUARE.

SO, RIGHT WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE

DISCOVERED THE PATTERN --

SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SQUARE.

THAT'S NOT A TRIANGLE, THAT'S

ANOTHER SQUARE.

AND IT'S -- TO MY EYE, IT'S

COMPLICATED ENOUGH THAT YOU HAVE

TO SORT OF LOOK TWICE TO REALLY

FIGURE IT OUT.

AND I DON'T ALWAYS FEEL LIKE

WHEN I'M LOOKING AT IT THAT I'VE

FIGURED IT OUT.

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ONE THING I REALLY TRY TO DO

WITH MY WORK IS -- IS TO CREATE

OBJECTS THAT YOU CAN APPRECIATE

BOTH UP CLOSE AND FROM A

DISTANCE.

SO FROM A DISTANCE, IT ALMOST

LOOKS LIKE A CARPET OR WALLPAPER

OR INTERESTING SHAPES.

AND THEN YOU GET UP CLOSE AND

YOU GO, "HEY, THERE'S A PERSON

THERE.

THEY'RE WALKING DOWN AN AISLE.

IS THAT THE NORTH MARKET?"

AND YOU KIND OF LOOK AND GO,

"THAT'S THE NORTH MARKET."

I LOVE FABRIC QUILTS.

I MAKE FABRIC QUILTS.

MY WIFE AND I MAKE FABRIC QUILTS

TOGETHER.

BUT FOR ME THERE'S SOMETHING

ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHS AND SEWING

THEM TOGETHER.

AND I GUESS MAYBE IT'S THE

RESOLUTION, THE CLARITY YOU CAN

GET WITH A PHOTOGRAPH THAT

REALLY SETS IT APART FROM

FABRIC.

I THINK MY WORK IS SORT OF ABOUT

NOTICING THE BEAUTY AROUND US.

AND, YOU KNOW, SORT OF STOPPING

AND PAUSING AND APPRECIATING IT

IN -- IN A WAY MAYBE WE HAVEN'T

BEFORE.

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>> CHECK OUT MORE OF CHRIS'S

WORK ON HIS WEBSITE AT

CHRISMERCERHILL.COM.

AND HE'S ON INSTAGRAM TOO.

OUR LOCAL MUSIC SERIES CONTINUES

WITH A PERFORMANCE BY THE

COLUMBUS DUO KNOWN AS

STARLIT WAYS.

THE TWO BEGAN PLAYING TOGETHER

AFTER MEETING AT CHURCH SIX

YEARS AGO.

AND SO IT SEEMS FITTING THAT THE

SONG THEY ARE SHARING WITH US

TODAY WAS INFLUENCED BY A VERSE

IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS, ABOUT

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.

HERE THEY ARE PERFORMING "C'EST

TOI."

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

C’est toi

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

C’est toi

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

Si tu penses

Que tu n’es capable de rien

Ou si tu penses, que tu en es bien capable

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

D’une façon

Ou d’une autre

Tu as raison

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

C’est toi

C’est toi

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

Si je pense que tu en es bien capable

Dis moi Quelle difference cela fera?

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

Si toi même

Tu n’y crois pas

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

C’est toi

C’est toi

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ils te diront des mensonges

Ils te trahiront

Après que tu les aies suivi

Ne les suis pas

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ils te diront des mensonges

Ils te trahiront

Après que tu les aies suivi

Ne les suis pas

Ces sources de doute

Se présentent en une variété de formes

Pensées

Entourages, mauvaises influences

Mais il faut que tu crois en toi

Car si tu n’y crois pas

Qui d’autre? Dis moi

Qui d’autre, le fera pour toi?

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ne les écoutes pas

Ils te diront des mensonges

Ils te trahiront

Après que tu les aies suivi

Ne les suis pas

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

[ Acoustic Guitar ]

>> KEEP UP WITH THE BAND AT

STARLITWAYS.COM OR BY GIVING

THEM A FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK.

AND WATCH MORE FROM THEIR RECENT

VISIT TO WOSU AT

WOSU.ORG/LOCALTUNES.

THREE DOUBLE CHEESEBURGERS,

THREE ORDERS OF FRIES, A WHOLE

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE WITH

WHIPPED CREAM, A VANILLA

MILKSHAKE AND GRAPEFRUIT JUICE.

THAT WAS THE FINAL MEAL

REQUESTED BY THE LAST PERSON

EXECUTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO.

ARTIST JULIE GREEN HAS SPENT THE

LAST 20 YEARS DOCUMENTING THESE

FINAL MEALS OF DEATH ROW INMATES

AND ASSEMBLING THEM INTO A

COMPELLING COLLECTION SHE CALLS

"THE LAST SUPPER."

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>> I WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING

THAT BROUGHT THE VIEWER IN, THAT

HAD A DEGREE OF BEAUTY.

SO THEY WOULD LOOK AT THE PLATES

AND THEN GO, "OH, THAT'S WHAT

THEY'RE ABOUT."

>> EACH OF THESE PLATES

REPRESENTS THE FINAL MEAL OF A

PRISONER ON DEATH ROW.

JULIE GREEN WAS TEACHING ART IN

OKLAHOMA WHEN THE IDEA CAME TO

HER WHILE READING THE PAPER OVER

BREAKFAST.

>> IN OKLAHOMA AT THAT TIME,

THERE WERE MANY EXECUTIONS.

HIGHEST PER CAPTIA IN THE

UNITED STATES, STILL IS.

AND SO I JUST STARTED SAVING

THESE CLIPPINGS.

THEY BOTHERED ME.

OKLAHOMA, 8 JULY, 1999.

SIX TACOS, SIX GLAZED DONUTS,

AND A CHERRY COKE.

TEXAS, 22 OCTOBER, 2001.

A BAG OF JOLLY RANCHERS.

THE PROJECT, AS YOU CAN TELL,

HAS MANY DIFFERENT SHAPES OF

PLATES.

THEY'RE ALL BASICALLY WHITE OR

OFF-WHITE.

MOST ARE PORCELAIN, SOME ARE

STONEWARE.

UM, DIFFERENT SIZES.

THEY'RE ALMOST ALL SECOND HAND.

WHEN MARTHA STEWART WAS IN

PRISON, I DID GO TO K-MART AND

BUY A MARTHA STEWART PLATE THAT

I HAPPENED TO NOTICE.

I WANTED THEM ALL TO BE

BASICALLY WHITE, LOOK UNIFORM,

LOOK LIKE A SYSTEM.

BUT NOT A MATCHED SET, BECAUSE

THEY REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS.

THIS IS A FLORIDA PLATE AND --

FOR LOBSTER, SHRIMP, BAKED

POTATO, CHEESECAKE AND A DRINK.

AND THE INFORMATION CAME BACK,

"HE ENJOYED HIS LAST MEAL, ATE

EVERY BITE."

THIS IS A NORTH CAROLINA PLATE.

ONE HONEY BUN.

>> WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE

GALLERY, IT'S THIS BEAUTIFUL

DISPLAY OF PLATES.

IT'S ALMOST HOMEY.

AND THEN THE CONTENT IS JUST

A -- A BIG FLIP.

>> THIS IS AN INDIANA PLATE AND

THE WORDS MOTHER ON THE FRONT.

FROM 2001, GERMAN RAVIOLI AND

CHICKEN DUMPLINGS PREPARED BY

HIS MOTHER AND PRISON DIETARY

STAFF.

SO HIS MOTHER ACTUALLY RECEIVED

CLEARANCE TO COME INTO THE

PRISON KITCHEN AND COOK THAT

MEAL.

>> JULIE'S WORK DRAWS FROM AN

APPROACH TO ART IN MEXICO CALLED

RETABLO.

>> RETABLO IS MEXICAN PAINTING

IS LIKE REMEMBRACE OF SOMETHING

THAT WILL OTHERWISE GO

UNNOTICED.

THESE ARE MISSISSIPPI MENUS,

23 JULY, 1947, SAME.

FRIED CHICKEN, WATERMELON.

HE WAS ONLY 16.

HE WAS ONLY 15.

>> THEY WERE TWO BOYS QUICKLY

CONVICTED OF MURDER.

>> AND EXECUTED BY A TRAVELING

ELECTRIC CHAIR THE NEXT DAY.

>> A TRAVELING ELECTRIC CHAIR?

>> I ORDERED THOSE SPECIAL FROM

THE CHINA PAINTING CATALOGUE,

BECAUSE THEY WERE APPROPRIATE

FOR THOSE TWO MEALS.

>> BECAUSE THEY WERE SO YOUNG?

>> YEAH, BECAUSE THEY WERE SO

YOUNG.

THEY'RE VERY SMALL PLATES.

THEY'RE PALM OF THE HAND SIZE.

THIS IS AN INDIANA PLATE, AND

THE INFORMATION FROM THE

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CAME

BACK, "HE NEVER HAD A BIRTHDAY

CAKE, SO WE ORDERED A BIRTHDAY

CAKE FOR HIM."

>> IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

IT IS IMPORTANT IN THE SENSE

THAT IT FULFILS ONE OF ART'S

ROLES.

THERE'RE MANY, BUT IT MAKES US

STAND STILL AND THINK.

THINK ABOUT SOMETHING WE DON'T

REALLY WANT TO THINK ABOUT.

>> TEXAS REPRESENTS A THIRD OF

ALL THE PLATES -- ABOUT A THIRD

OF ALL THE PLATES IN THIS SHOW.

AND THESE FIVE TEXAS PLATES,

CONSECUTIVE IN FALL OF 2007.

HAD NO FINAL MEAL REQUEST.

HAD NO FINAL MEAL REQUEST.

HAD NO FINAL MEAL REQUEST.

THIS TELLS ME THAT THE INMATES

ARE AWARE OF WHAT OTHER INMATES

ARE EATING OR NOT EATING.

>> THE VARIETY OF THE PLATES

ALSO REFLECT THE DIFFERENT WAYS

THE STATES IMPLEMENT THE DEATH

PENALTY.

OKLAHOMA DROPPED ITS FINAL MEAL

ALLOWANCE FROM $20 TO $15.

THIS PLATE REPRESENTS THE LAST

FINAL MEAL REQUEST GRANTED IN

TEXAS.

WHEN THE PRISONER RETURNED HIS

MEAL UNTOUCHED, THE STATE

STOPPED THE PRACTICE.

>> MANY STATES ARE LIMITED TO

WHAT'S ON HAND IN THE PRISON

PANTRY.

SO YOU CAN REALLY TELL, LIKE IN

OKLAHOMA, YOU GET RESTAURANT

MEALS.

SAME WITH CALIFORNIA.

AND SO THOSE ARE MORE VARIED.

THIS IS AN OREGON PLATE.

THE REQUEST IS FIVE EGGS, SUNNY

SIDE UP.

IT'S A BREAKFAST MEAL, PANCAKES.

AND THE REQUEST CLOSED WITH "I

WOULD APPRECIATE THE EGGS HOT."

>> ONE PLATE CENTERS AROUND

PECAN PIE.

AN ARKANSAS INMATE WITH BRAIN

DAMAGE ATE HALF BEFORE HIS

EXECUTION, THINKING HE COULD EAT

THE OTHER HALF AFTER THE

EXECUTION WAS OVER.

>> HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

>> HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

>> YEAH.

>> THERE IS MISERY IN THIS WHOLE

PROCESS, FROM THE CRIME THAT WAS

COMMITTED -- SOMEBODY WAS

GENUINELY MURDERED.

SO THERE WAS VICTIMS, VICTIMS'

FAMILY, SO MANY LEVELS OF

SUFFERING.

PART OF MY MOTIVATION FOR THE

PROJECT IS THAT IT GENERATES

CONVERSATION ON OUR SYSTEM OF

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

AND IT HAS DONE THAT TO A FAR

GREATER DEGREE THAN I WOULD HAVE

EVER EXPECTED.

>> "THE LAST SUPPER" DEPICTS THE

MOST HUMANE MOMENT IN A LONG

CHAIN OF MISERY THAT STARTS AND

ENDS WITH DEATH.

BY FOCUSING ON THE MUNDANE,

LIMITED CHOICES OF FOOD, BY

PUTTING THEM ON GRANDMA'S CHINA,

AND BY STAYING TRUE TO THE

INDIVIDUAL DETAILS OF EACH MEAL,

JULIE GREEN HOPES HER ART WILL

CAUSE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO

NOTICE.

IT'S ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY

SHE'S STILL PAINTING PLATES.

>> I PAINT 50 A YEAR.

IT'S MY PLAN TO KEEP DOING THAT

UNTIL WE DON'T HAVE CAPITAL

PUNISHMENT ANYMORE.

EVERYBODY HAS AN OPINION ABOUT

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, ACTUALLY, IT

SEEMS LIKE.

AND EVEN MY MOM, IT'S CHANGED MY

MOM.

SO I FIGURE, YOU KNOW, RIGHT, I

CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO ABOUT TRYING

TO CHANGE PEOPLE ON CAPITAL

PUNISHMENT, BUT IF IT HAPPENS,

THAT'S FABULOUS.

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>> TO DATE, JULIE GREEN HAS

PAINTED MORE THAN 800 PLATES OF

LAST MEALS.

AND SHE HAS EMBARKED ON A NEW

PROJECT WHERE SHE ILLUSTRATES

THE FIRST MEALS EXONERATED

PRISONERS HAVE HAD UPON THEIR

RELEASE.

YOU CAN FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM

@JULIEGREEN_ART.

AND THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK.

YOU CAN FIND ALL OF OUR STORIES

ONLINE AT WOSU.ORG, AS WELL AS

ON OUR FREE WOSU MOBILE APP.

AND BE SURE TO GIVE US A FOLLOW

ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND

INSTAGRAM.

WE'RE CLOSING THE SHOW TODAY

WITH MORE MUSIC BY COLUMBUS'S

VERY OWN STARLIT WAYS.

FOR ALL OF US HERE AT WOSU, I'M

KATE QUICKEL.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND WE'LL

SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT WEEK.

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\M DON'T YOU DOUBT

IT'S YOU I THINK ABOUT \M

\M THERE IS A LIGHT

BELIEVE WE'LL

SEE IT THROUGH \M

\M DON'T OH DON'T GO

WHERE YOU DON'T KNOW \M

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\M SOME CHOICES

ARE FOR YOU TO HOLD \M

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>> CELIA C. PETERS FILM AND

VISUAL ART.

I'M A SCIENCE, MATH, THEORETICAL

PHYSICS FIEND.

MY ART IS BOLD, COLORFUL, AND

GEOMETRIC.

IT'S SCIENCE FICTION.

I LOVE BUILDING CHARACTERS AND

THEIR WORLDS.

I LOVE THE PROCESS OF PUTTING A

STORY TOGETHER VISUALLY.

GETTING A POLISHED FILM FROM RAW

MATERIALS.

I'M INSPIRED BY THE VERY

DIVERSE, VERY UNPREDICTABLE

MIDWESTERN SENSIBILITY THAT

LIVES IN THE ARTS COMMUNITY

HERE.

OHIO ARTISTS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR

BEING INSANELY INNOVATIVE AND

THEY GO FOR IT IN EVERY

CONCEIVABLE WAY.

I AM CELIA C. PETERS.

FILM IS MY ART.

AND THERE IS NO PLACE I'D RATHER

MAKE IT.

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>> PRODUCTION OF "BROAD & HIGH"

IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER

COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL.

SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING

CULTURE AND CONNECTING THE

COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS, EVENTS,

AND CLASSES AT

COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.

>> FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING

SPONSORS --

AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.