The High Cost Of Education

Donna StJohn's avatar Donna StJohn

This assemblage installation is a tribute to Malala. Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan in 1997. She became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She was shot 3 times at point blank range. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education for women. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, and again in 2014. This piece honors her courage and her wisdom of interconnectedness. The installation uses very intentional objects to symbolize a statement of freedom, violence, and honor. I have used a discarded desk, an obsolete set of encyclopedias, and 1700 bullet shells to create the platform that Malala sits on. I have placed a small pile of black sand with 3 carefully positioned bullets on the desk. The foundation of my work is social justice and the inquiry of our connectedness.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 feet
  • Medium: mixed
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 4 feet