Based on her experiences working in and around the world of crime, interdisciplinary artist Alix Lambert has become acquainted with a wide variety of personalities over the years. As she has gathered material on criminal behavior and what it says about our own humanity, she has developed a multitude of strategies to present this information in an attempt to appeal to a diverse audience. Through her multi-city Crime USA project, she has explored sculpture, printmaking, drawing, theater, film, books, and animation.

The multimedia exhibition Prison Zoo derives its title from a new claymation piece produced in collaboration with Charlotte-based filmmakers Tim Grant, Nick Vitelli, and Moria Geer-Hardwick during Alix’s 2014 residency at McColl Center. This provocative short chronicles the strained relationship between an effusive fox and his cellmate, a mute sloth. Through humor and wit, Lambert provides commentary on the penal system’s revolving door, prison overcrowding, and inhumane nature of prison life.

Image: Alix Lambert speaking art her exhibition opening reception, Prison Zoo, 2015. Courtesy of McColl Center.