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145 x 48 x 3.75 in. (368.3 x 121.92 x 9.525 cm)

Devin Reynolds Artist

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: oil, acrylic and spray paint on wood
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, in memory of Kevin Wayne "Mojo" Reynolds
Accession Number: 2019.1.1

Artist Statement
Statement by Devin Reynolds, on his artistic response to Lea Stern’s experience:

When I listened to Lea’s interview, what resonated with me was her sense of personal responsibility – especially in the account of her re-entry into society. Upon release, she was hosted at a mission and didn’t necessarily agree with the church’s advice. In her words, “You can't pray about my problems. I have to fix my problems. I have to be able to live and work and fix my problems… And I did, and I stayed clean, and I did everything I needed to do, and I got my kid back… I got myself a house, and I did everything I needed to do.” She took full responsibility for her own actions.

What keeps people out of jail and prison is money, a good lawyer, a network, and maybe having some luck with the right judge who happened to eat lunch that day. When you get up to the stand, they make the decision. Prayer doesn't have to do with it. No disrespect to anybody who's religious, but like Lea said, she had to get up and work. She had to get her feet moving. A prayer wasn’t what got her a new spot or a job. It was simply her hard work.

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