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Not Forgotten

by Maxine Noel

Material Limited Edition Print
Dimensions 16" x 20"
Number 36341
Price $95.00
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“Our mothers and daughters, sisters and aunties and grandmothers.  Our women are our heart and our spirit, always honoured, never forgotten.  I am Dakota Sioux, a woman and mother, and an artist,  These are inseparable facets of who I am and how I live in the world.  That world, the world we all live and move in, is a place of great and terrible beauty, of wonder and tragedy.”

“In this painting, Not Forgotten, I speak to that wonder and beauty and tragedy.  To capture both the wonder and the tragedy, I wanted to include motifs which connect with all the places and our peoples live.”

“Turning first to the West Coast peoples, I am honoured to have been allowed to include the moon image of my friend, artist and visionary Roy Henry Vickers, an image I first encountered in his illustrations for Dave Bouchard’s The Elders Are Watching.”

“From the North, I incorporated the image of Sedna, the source of all the creatures of the sea.  I have always been drawn to the shell and bead work of the Maliseet and other East Coast peoples and in this painting, have echoed the fluidity and grace of their compelling designs.”

“The two feathers acknowledge the Metis and the people of the grasslands and woodlands of the plains and forests.”

“Finally, the floating figures throughout the painting are the spirits and the presence of the missing and murdered women. ”

“Missing but never lost, Always present, always remembered.”

Maxine Noel – Artist