From the Artist
This print, "Miss Otis," was done as a part of a series of works on paper that feature the problems of incarcerated women. The subject is important to many groups, since when women are jailed they are at the mercy of guards and are often raped. Women in prison have babies in jail or leave children motherless on the outside.
This is a worldwide problem that Miss Otis just touches on. She inhabits a character, a lovely song which describes her shooting her lover dead and then being hanged by a mob. I wanted her to be beautiful, thoughtful, and very painfully sad.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
Emma Amos was born in Atlanta, GA. She earned a BA from Antioch College, OH; a diploma from the Central School of Art and Design (now Central Saint Martin's College of Arts and Design), London; and an MFA from New York University.
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