Shared by Theresa

My dad is 70yrs old approaching 40 years in prison. I’m his
oldest child. I’m 49yrs old and since a young girl I craved
a normal daddy daughter relationship.
Dad and I do the best we can at building a daddy’s
girl’s relationship, therefore I travel 7 hours to
the prison every three months. So hyped when
I see my dad behind that glass barrier, but when it’s
time to leave him I’m that lost little girl
All over again until our next visit. Sometimes
I feel my soul is stuck there in the cell with my daddy
He’s constantly on my mind trapping me
Right there with him in solitary confinement.

About Eric Okdeh

Eric Okdeh is a Philadelphia based muralist, who has been creating public art since 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on mural work exclusively. Since 2002, in addition to his commissioned work, Eric has taught mural making classes to children and teens throughout the city as well as inmates at SCI Graterford Prison. The classes exist as leadership, teamwork, and skill building exercises which culminate in major mural projects. In an attempt to capture these significant community collaborations and interactions, Eric has developed this website and mural blog. The projects are journalized and documented in photographs and video clips to lend outside observers insight into the processes by which his murals come about. Eric has over 65 commissions throughout the city of Philadelphia and one in Seville, Spain. He has participated in mural projects in Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles. His work is featured in four books about public and Mural art.
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