But this comes back to motive. I've seen many amazing stories about convicted felons and murderers on death row who turned to art in order to find some semblance of peace and expression in their lives. They even have prison art shows now. But I think that people get confused. They think its a gimmick or a ploy such as in the case of George Zimmerman. But if we can understand the motive, then I think we have an obligation to support those who turn to the arts when all else has left their lives.
I think we also have an obligation, regardless of what we think of her, to give Casey Anthony a chance to allow art to change her life. It will not wipe away the crime she has committed, but it may help cleanse the heart and soul which committed the crime.
There is something that takes place in the spirits of every man and woman when art is added. It opens new pathways up that can help. Even infamous murderer Charles Manson turns to art which is often confiscated immediately after he makes it so that it can't be smuggled out and sold on Ebay. But I somehow doubt that Charlie makes his art to sell. What would be the purpose? I think he makes it to exorcise those demons within him. Does it make him sane? Noooo. But it make be the one way he can express himself in a way that harms no one else.
Turning to our creative side to allow us expression even in the worst of situations is perhaps the most human thing we can do.
So while we may cringe at someone who has committed a notorious crime turning towards art and while I personally get a bit sick to my stomach when I see it in a person like George Zimmerman, I must take a step back and look at the broader picture. Art ultimately can heal. Whether these people will allow it to do so is not for me to question. But if I dig in my heals and say that these people give art a bad name, I am missing something crucial in my own humanity to deny it to them.