After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, Quin Sweetman, a full-time artist, felt helpless in the face of yet another national tragedy of senseless gun violence. But she wasn’t helpless. She had a brilliant idea to help us all grieve. Quin gathered 55 artists together via Facebook to make portraits of the 58 people murdered. She called the project “Beautiful Lives Lost”.
“We really don’t like referring to the people who lost their lives that day as victims,” notes Quin. “All of them were people, not statistics, living rich, rewarding and beautiful lives. They were invisible to the perpetrator, but all the artists who committed to this project clearly see their humanity. The artists recognize, remember and honor those lost lives with their artworks. They volunteered their time, materials, and talents as a loving gesture to bring some comfort to the families, loved-ones and communities by showing that people care about their loss”.
All 58 artworks will be at The Art Institute of Portland during July. Following the exhibition the portraits will be gifted to the families.