A documentary series has challenged three artists to show the real people behind missing person statistics, including a pair of Maitland sisters who have never given up on their absent loved one.
The new mini series, The Unmissables, features sisters Wendy Johnson and Helen Cooper whose sister Elaine went missing in Cronulla in February, 1980.
She was just 16-years-old.
The six episode series involves three artists collaborating with the family and friends of three long-term missing persons to create a work of public portraiture.
The sisters collaborated with Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Ribeiro, who debuted an original song about Elaine on Myf Warhurst's national ABC Radio show.
Ms Cooper said the song 'Wildflowers' was a beautiful tribute to her sister.
"It was very emotional. We wanted it to be like Elaine," she said.
"We wanted to represent our sister as she was.
"We wanted it to be a celebration of who she was. It was pretty touching for someone to take time out their schedule to do something for someone they didn't know."
Ms Ribeiro visited the family in October to learn about Elaine.
The series then documents the journey for each artist and family as they create a work of public portraiture of a subject they cannot meet.
The television series is based on the existing initiative, also called The Unmissables, founded by the Missing Person's Advocacy Network (MPAN), originated by founder and CEO Loren O'Keeffe.
Ms Cooper hasn't given up hope in finding answers, and regularly attends various markets with a missing persons display stall.
"It's a way to remember them forever. They can't be forgotten. It's a great concept," Ms Cooper said.
"It's putting them in another light. I always said Elaine was forgotten but now she is missing."
Produced by Film Camp and directed by Madeleine Martiniello as part of the ABC Art Bites Initiative, The Unmissables will premiere on ABC iView on Saturday, July 27.