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A EISERT ChoiceSay,See.Hea. Do Noth.PB033556-001 (1) (1)
Powers 1984 Copyright © Eisert Hall

“The man described for us, whom we are invited to free, is already in himself the effect of subjection much more profound than himself. A ‘soul’ inhabits him and brings him to existence…the soul is the effect and instrument of political anatomy; the soul is the prison of the body.”
― Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

This interactive installation presented three large paintings. Only one of the three is shown here: Choice: See, Hear, Say Do Nothing; 9 X 16 feet;
Other paintings: The Prisoner’s Story, 9 x 25 feet; And Powers, 9 x 16 feet. Text of Stanford University Experiment, 1971 and reflecting surfaces posted.

Inspiration: Community life, perception, observation, studies and reflection.
Books: Michel Foucault: The Birth of the Prison; Aldus Huxley, 1984.
Volunteer work, Correctional Institute, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Sociology Studies, University of Lethbridge; Residency in New York and travel to Rome, Florence, Italy. Research: Museums, Cathedrals, Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Medieval Painters generally including Cimabue, Duccio.

Exhibition: Peace Conference, Montreal.

Supported by Canada Council Award

Eisert Hall´s website is:

About Charalee Graydon

Art Chat introduces art, photography, poetry and narrative and invites submissions from artists and poets from around the world who wish to share their work. Due to demand and time constraints not all work is able to be accepted for publication. Charalee works closely with in producing the materials for this site. The technical and artistic expertise of Kamal at Photofade and those who help with translation is recognized and appreciated.. All images and materials are the property of the artist. No reproduction is allowed without authorization.


  1. Love the art, especially ‘Powers’ which, despite its boldness, has a subdued energy about it that I find appealing. Would like to know the story behind this painting. Thanks for the ‘follow’.

    • I will provide the comment to the artist. Much of the information about the painting is found in the accompanying information about the artist´s research,studies and volunteer work in prisons. The information about the Experiment that is posted also helps to explain the painting.

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