Marlena Wyman 

“Fortitude and Forebear-ance” – image transfer, ink, graphite on mylar


“In my former work as an archivist, I found a significant gap in women’s history. Based on research in archival diaries and letters, I interpret the stories of the first immigrant woman to arrive on the prairies. Many came from Eastern Canada, the US and Europe where they had a social life, community and culture, and they longed for that. Memories of that companionship and society were all that they had. 

Today, one of the groups for which the coronavirus pandemic has had a particularly adverse effect is women. The isolation and loneliness that was endured by early prairie women reminds us that we are not alone in our present experience of isolation and adversity. Many have come before us; their strength and perseverance is with us. 

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