V. Michelle Smythe
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Goodbye, Girls
Goodbye, Girls is a series of paintings dedicated to young women who have gone missing and/or been murdered at a young age. It was inspired by a friend whose daughter was murdered. The faces in the paintings are of real girls. These girls lost their lives before they were actually able to live it. They will not experience marriage, motherhood or a career. Some were as young as 13 and had never even had their first love, gone to prom or attended college. Their mothers (and families) must feel unbearable sorrow, horror, anger at those who took their girls away, and even guilt for having not protected their daughters. Each work includes an empty, ghost-like, white wedding dress representing the wedding dress they will never wear.