NICHOLS GALLERY

2020

Deon Venter

MISSING | HIGHWAY OF TEARS

September 3 - December 7, 2020

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Missing / Highway of Tears – The highway refers to a short stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where 18 girls, almost all Aboriginal, were murdered. On the piece of highway from Vancouver to Edmonton RCMP records show that over 200 people have disappeared on this route.

The Highway of Tears is an installation of individual portraits alternating with flower paintings, and was inspired by two poems of the Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Mary Oliver, entitled “Goldenrod” and “Peonies”. These nature poems form a potent metaphor for the young lives lost.

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SPONSORS:

The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Kim Miller, San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Printonyx, Harbor Rentals and Browne’s Home Center.