Frances Cordero de Bolanos
This piece was completed by Frances Cordero de Bolanos, as a component of a combined Arts and Art History Degree at University of Toronto and Sheridan College.
“Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh’s film, Finding Dawn (NFB) explores the fate of one of many indigenous women who have been murdered somewhere along the infamous Highway of Tears, in northern British Columbia. De Bolanos’s sculpture explores the universal reality of the oppression of women, the missing and murdered mothers, daughters, sisters and neices of the world. De Bolanos’s sculpture evokes this deliberate erasure as physical, emotional and spiritual. Women’s bodies and spirits have been abandoned, dismembered, cut off from the saving grace of family, community and existence. Some bodies are hidden, left to return to the earth, to ‘melt’ silently as de Bolanos illustrates in her work. Other murdered women’s bodies are overtly displayed. De Bolanos shows them as devoid of the colors of life, as pale imitations of their humanity. De Bolanos’s sculpture is a forceful and deeply disturbing reminder of the fate of the vulnerable and a caution to those of us who would minimize or marginalize this truth. It is a plea for compassion, and a call for an inner resolve to protect and honor the ‘heartbeat of our nations,’our women and girls,” by Carole Leclair in response to the artist’s work.