Blink is an artistic project aiming to recognise, honour and eventually memorialise women whose indentities have been completely lost in the mist of other peoples memories.
Today, there are over 2,000 unidentified women in morgues and unmarked grave sites across the US. All we know about them is the information contained in their public case files.
Throughout history, those whose lives were considered to be of some importance or significance were captured in portrait for posterity. Others are remembered because of their portraits. But what of those who are already gone? Not only gone, but whose entire existence is confirmed only by their physical remains.
And so, over the coming months I will attempt to render just a sample of these women as immortal through portrait with the hope of providing these lost women, these “Jane Does,” with the respect, appreciation, reverence and love any of us would expect after we die.
Though their life legacy is lost perhaps we can create a legacy for them in death.
This project has been funded through the pledges of sponsors via Fundit. Most importantly, funding Blink. in this way has transformed it from an individual’s idea into a community’s effort to ensure a legacy for a small number of women who will otherwise be forever forgotten.
©Sarah Honan 2020