What Would Be Your Last Meal? For 600 Executed Prisoners, One Painter Memorializes Their Answers
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Painter Julie Green and "The Last Supper." Photo by Felicia Phillips.
"He told us he never had a birthday cake, so we ordered a birthday cake for him," said a prison official in 2007.
The cake and some pizza was an Indiana man's last meal request before he was executed on a Friday morning in May.
The name of this man and the crime he committed is discoverable within a few clicks on Google. But that would be missing the point, according to Julie Green, an art professor at Oregon State University.
Since 2000, Green has painted 600 plates depicting the last meals of death row inmates, "The Last Supper." In cobalt-blue mineral paint, she notes on each plate the state and date of the execution alongside the meal request -- but no name, no crime -- before the ceramic dish is kiln-fired at 1400 degrees.
"It is a memento mori representing a lot of suffering," Green said. "By putting a name, it makes it less accessible."
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