"Ode to BootHill"

Item 77 of 107 in Painting on the Edge (POTE) 2020
"Ode to BootHill" by Kaeleigh Morrill
Ode to BootHill
Kaeleigh Morrill
84" x 48"
Oil on Canvas
The second painting in the "TheyWalkWest" series, “Ode to Boot Hill”, is a reference to the name of outlaw graveyards commonly reserved for outcasts of Western society. The figures come forth to celebrate the past women of the West who’s marginalization was solidified in our history through western iconography, literature, movies, myths, etc.

In BootHill there are over 400 graves. It takes the space of 7 acres. There is an elaborate gate but the path keeps to no main route for it tangles like branches of a tree among the gravestones.
300 of the dead in BootHill died violently.
200 by guns, over 50 by knives.
Some were pushed under trains- a popular and overlooked form of murder in the West.
Some from brain haemorrhages resulting from bar fights.
At least 10 killed in barbed wire.

In BootHill there are only two graves that belong to women and they are the only known suicides in that graveyard.
This piece will not be included in the physical exhibition on Granville Island but meets the quality standards of the FCA and is classified as, "Recognized Artwork."

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