"Not Forgotten" - Maxine Noel
"Not Forgotten" matted print measures approximately 8"x6", and is double matted with ivory mats. Overall measurements: 11"x14", portrait orientation. The matted and framed print is double matted with ivory mats and black framing measuring 12" X 14.25". The numbered Limited Edition print measure 24 1/2" x 30" and is double matted with a black wood frame.
"Our mothers and daughters, our 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 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 people 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 [..] 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 Metis, 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." - Maxine Noel
Partial proceeds from the sale of this image are donated to the Native Women's Association of Canada and their "Sisters In Spirit" Project. For more information visit www.nwac.ca
Maxine was born in Manitoba of Santee Oglala Sioux parents. She spent her early childhood on her mother’s reserve but at the age of six she left to attend an Indian residential school. Maxine’s early career as a legal secretary was soon overshadowed by her preoccupation with painting and drawing. She took a course in advanced design where a teacher noticed Maxine’s tendency toward linear expression and encouraged her in the use of shape and line to suggest movement. Since those early days Maxine has mastered the skills of painting and drawing plus the processes of serigraphy, etching and stone lithography. Recently she has turned her talents to the creation of editions in cast paper and limited edition bronze castings.
Maxine Noel signs her artwork with her Sioux name IOYAN MANI, which translates as “Walk Beyond”.
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