Located in Minto Park, at Elgin and Gilmour, the art installation consists of a painting of Kelly Morrisseau, and a short summary of some of the more salient details of her short life and horrific death.Kelly was an Aboriginal woman. She was 26 years old. She had three children and was seven months pregnant when she was murdered. Two and a half years later, her killers have never been found. Some speculate that nobody’s looking very hard. It’s no coincidence that this piece of art is located in Minto Park, which is also home to the monument for all women abused or murdered by men.
The monument was erected after Ottawa lawyer Patricia Allen was shot dead by her crossbow-wielding husband. The murder took place in broad daylight, right beside this busy downtown park. Every time another woman in Ottawa is murdered by a man, another stone is added to the monument. It’s getting crowded.
“I’m trying, by putting up a piece of street art, to bring some attention back to Kelly Morrisseau, to let people know that she was a person worth remembering, and perhaps even get some new attention brought onto the case,” says Ottawa’s favourite street artist. “It shouldn’t take a street artist to get people to remember someone who was far too quickly forgotten.”