Original Creation Date: April 17, 2006
Charcoal on paper, 14″ × 20″, freehand.
Original sold at the Skeleton Key art auction, San Francisco CA.

There’s a story behind this piece, from the title to the poem.
The poem is written by Damien Echols who currently resides on Arkansas death row for a crime he did not commit nearly thirteen years ago. I’m fortunate enough to have been granted permission by Damien to use his poetry in my work. The poem reads as follows:

Her eyes are chained angels,
Glittering and unconscious
Of the growing distance between us.

Her lips move,
Issuing a murmur
Like voices from a depth
That aren’t quite loud enough to hear.

Against the winter sky
A murder of crows
Wheels and turns

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Ania Ahlborn is an author, avid traditional charcoal artist, and photography hobbyist. You can find her photography here and learn more about her on her website, AniaAhlborn.com

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning work and the story behind the work is very intersting too x

  • fallenrosemedia
    fallenrosemediaalmost 6 years ago


  • imagesbyalecs
    imagesbyalecsalmost 6 years ago

    WOW, instant favorite.

  • Tollwut
    Tollwutalmost 6 years ago


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    cammiecakesalmost 6 years ago


  • April Cowan
    April Cowanover 5 years ago

    I;ve heard about this. Echols’ story isn’t overly known in Australia, but I do remember reading about it – he features quite a bit in political debates at my univercity, and i did do a bit of research into his story. I think its fantastic that you’ve taken a stance in this, and art is always such a wonderful way to fight for justice. I’m sure Echols is proud, and gratified, to have such a beautiful piece made for his situation, in his name.

  • Lividly Vivid
    Lividly Vividover 5 years ago

  • Shevaun Steffens
    Shevaun Steffensover 5 years ago


  • Sue Wilson (Kane)
    Sue Wilson (Kane)over 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing…love it!

  • Jayca
    Jaycaover 5 years ago

    I love both this one and “Soft Shadow.” Your work is stunning! The accompanying poetry is perfect for both pieces.

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