ARTIST STATEMENT: For my piece, “I Will Not Be Silent," I chose an old friend of mine, Bryn, as my inspiration and model. She’s a Cherokee Native American woman, mother of 3 beautiful children, and is truly passionate about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Movement. She is looking into a mirror of her reflection and is wearing the symbolic red handprint covering her mouth in solidarity with her silent sisters. The gray handprints around her symbolize the people who do not see or choose to not see what she sees; the murders of these now quiet women. She is angry and is beginning to wipe away the face paint to show that she will no longer be silent and will speak up for these women who can no longer speak for themselves.
Artist Bio: Lisa is a queer disabled artist in her late 20’s living in Burnsville. She typically paints using acrylics, has begun using oils, and occasionally uses watercolors. She sometimes draws and sketches and likes coloring books too. She loves going to art fairs and seeing other artists’ work. She loves to connect with other artists as well.