A Good Life, Too

Some Staff Mean.
Some Staff Good.
They say he not part of the world.
He Bad.
It felt bad.
He’s not part of the World. He evil.
I want a good life, too.

“When he was a toddler, Alonzo Clemons suffered a brain injury. It forever changed the way he learns and communicates but also the way he interprets the world around him. Very early it became clear to Alonzo that he had to sculpt. He was institutionalized for ten years in a state hospital which wasn’t a pleasant experience, but he continued to find ways to make delicate figures with his hands. When they wouldn’t give him clay, he would scrape warm tar from the parking lot.”

You can learn more about Alonzo Clemons’ work at alonzoclemons.com


  1. alonzo is the perfect example of, ‘to enter life, be food.’ he has become water to go through the rock. the unbridled joy on his face when sculpting, and gratitude and peaceful nature, even with all he’s been through, is a testament to his strength and humanity and beauty.


  2. …….peace. This was wonderful.


  3. A marvel..he is a marvel..I’ve watched this twice, just for the pleasure of watching his face..


  4. Very inspirational..I had heard of his story. There’s such a beautiful book out, fiction, that relates the story of people who were shunted away into horrible institutions: The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon.


  5. “Art begins with resistance-at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” Andre Gide. This gentleman is the loving embodiment of this quote for me….


  6. Oh, such amazement in the soul of this precious human being.


  7. Inspiring.


  8. His work is astounding. He is truly gifted. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, David.


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