Pamela Masik began painting portraits of the many women missing from the
Downtown Eastside five years ago in a plight to draw attention to the tragic
cases. She has painted 69.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop,
PNG, Vancouver Sun
Sixty-nine massive portraits of women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
will be hung in the Museum of Anthropology next year, Mayor Gregor Robertson is
expected to announce tonight.
Robertson will join MOA director Anthony Shelton and the artist, Pamela Masik,
at her studio at 7 p.m. for the announcement, and for a public viewing of more
than a dozen pieces from the series titled The Forgotten. The portraits measure
roughly 2.4 metres wide and three metres tall.
Masik began painting the images five years ago as a way to confront society
about this tragic case. She plans to open her studio, near the Olympic Village,
every Friday afternoon during the Games with the hope it will attract attention
from visiting media and tourists.
"This is not a body of work that has to be a negative thing," Masik said. "I
think it shows people that there are people in this community and society that
care about these issues, and creating this dialogue is the beginning of change."
The police list of missing women contained 69 names a few years ago, but now
sits at 64 after the whereabouts of five women were determined.
The DNA of 32 of those women was found on Robert (Willie) Pickton's farm.