49 Portraits Project: A group of 49 artists making portraits of the victims of the Pulse tragedy as a gift to their families.
Mia Merlin, who created the 49 Portraits Project said:
I had the idea to create the 49 Portraits Project as a response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. I was feeling helpless and overwhelmed like so many of us in the face of all the violence in our country and around the world and trying to think of a way to do something meaningful and helpful. I was inspired by a show of portraits for victims’ families after the shootings at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston.
My thought was that If I can get 49 artists each to do one portrait, as a collective we can make a gesture of empathy and love towards those who need it most. While it was important to me that a likeness was captured in the portraits, I also wanted each individual’s style to come through. Its one function of art to help people process painful things and find beauty in the most difficult moments.
Now the project is in full force with 49 artists participating and help from The Center in Orlando www.thecenterorlando.org in distributing the works to the families. It has been amazing to see how many people want to participate and how full of heart the portraits are as they come in.
Thank you for your interest in this project!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/49portraits
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