In the words of the artist, "That world, the world we all live and move in, is a place of great and terrible beauty, of wonder, and of tragedy. In this painting I speak to that wonder and beauty and tragedy. To capture both the wonders and the tragedy, I wanted to include motifs which connect with all the places 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. And then, the two feathers, acknowledging the Métis, and the peoples of the grasslands and woodlands, of the plains and the 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."
Image Size: Approx. 13" x 16". Framed in lined silver-colour frame with archival mat, 20" x 24". # 604 of 975.
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The Artist: Maxine Noel was born on the Birdtail Reservation in Manitoba, and is Oglala Sioux. A self-taught artist, Maxine is skilled in many media. She seeks to present essential characteristics of the Native people: their sensibilities, generosity and loving nature through the use of fluid images, flowing lines and subtle colours. Maxine has received honours and accolades for her work with Native cultures, and she speaks around the country on art and on social issues, assisting in bridging the gap between Native and non-Native, young and old. Maxine has received excellent response to her work and is now able to devote herself full-time to the creation of art. She signs her artwork with her Sioux name Ioyan Mani, which translates as “Walk Beyond”.