This is another series I haven’t visited in quite awhile. I still get Silver Alerts from Notify NYC in my email box, and I always look at the photos and text. As I said in my original post, the photos are almost always unprofessional and often very poor quality. We are busy documenting ourselves, our children, our friends, but the elderly among us, even those we love, often remain unseen.
And they go missing, although my research indicated that usually they are also found fairly quickly.
I had a long and vivid dream about my grandmother the other night. Something about Aida reminded me of her.
You can see the entire Missing series here.
The first thing that grabbed me about Valentina was her piercing blue-grey eyes. She seems formidable, even within the restrictions of old age.
The second drawing I did bears more of a physical resemblance, but the first one captures more of her spirit to me.
The painting is an experiment–it doesn’t look like her at all, but I think it has its charms. I haven’t been painting much lately; I’m hoping for a more regular work schedule to settle in the next few weeks and give me the time and psychic space to get back to it.
You can see the rest of the series here: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/missing/
I’m on the Notify NYC email list. They send out “Silver Alerts”: these are elderly people, usually with dementia, who have gone missing.
The photos attached, obviously unprofessional, often unfocused, probably taken by family or friends, made me think. Older people, particularly those with dementia, are hidden and invisible to most of us. We don’t see them; we don’t want to see them.
I hope they will not continue to be lost: they will be seen. They will be found.