None of the group members had any previous experience of working in this way. Some had never even heard of papier-mâché and so a process started to get basic knowledge about what one can make and what the group wanted to achieve. The group talked both about the technical method and about what they wished to convey, for example how shapes and colour can be interpreted and their significance for how a piece of art is perceived. The group started off by sketching out their ideas for the masks that were then built and painted.
The process with the masks has triggered conversations about identity, community and how one experiences one’s existence.
Already at an early stage, the question was raised about what would happen to the masks once they were finished. This sparked the idea about an exhibition at Kalmar konstmuseum. It is an opportunity for the inmates to express something about their existence at the prison to the public, something they have achieved and made a success.