Silenced voices is a series I'm currently creating that takes inspiration from “Vanished Meadows” and the lack of media representation and attention that indigenous women in America are getting within the missing person epidemic and beyond. I contacted Indigenous women from across the US and Canada to share out their stories of family members and tried to bring their emotions into the portraits I painted of them.
The red hand across their faces is the symbol for the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls movement. and for an organization called No More Stolen Sisters. Similar to the milk cartons, I wanted to take something people see on a daily basis and make them take time to stop and think. Even if it’s something that doesn’t relate to them directly. This piece is only a stepping stone to more change and I hope to continue this project by working with more indigenous women throughout the US and Canada to hear and share their strength and help them reclaim their narrative.