"Circle of Mothers" by Sylvia Maier is a compilation of individually painted portraits of the mothers of victims of police brutality. Each mother has lost a child to the violence of police enforcement. Maier places each portrait of each mother on coins.
This collection of work by Maier is a reflection on the value we hold in the narratives of these mothers. How do we see these women as integral parts of a bigger narrative?
The women that participated in the series include Kadiatou, the mother of Amadou Diallo, Hawa Bah, mother of Mohammed Bah, Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham, Iria Baez, mother of Anthony Baez, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell.
Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell
Image Credit: Sylvia Maier