Impersonating an Officer

Impersonating an Officer

Mirko Ilic Corp., New York, New York, 2000


The purpose of the illustration is to represent a book written by a former prison guard about prisoners coming and going. If being a guard is your life’s profession, you basically become a full-time prisoner yourself since most prisoners’ sentences are shorter. The guard is in the negative space between the stripes of the prisoner’s uniform, which become bars of the guard’s own prison. The black stripes are exactly the same size and shape as the white prison bars—a strange kind of Yin and Yang.

Collections: AIGA 365: 22 (2001)
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Illustration
Format: Illustration, Newspaper


Design firm
Mirko Ilic Corp.
Art director
Steven Heller
Mirko Ilic
Trim size
11 x 13 1/2 inches
<em>The New York Times Book Review</em>