Silent Screams

Jin Powell's avatar Jin Powell

"Silent Screams" My work strives to portray the strength, beauty, and endurance of humanity. My installation piece tells the true stories of the Japanese military "comfort station" survivors. During WWII, about 400,000 women and girls were forced into sexual slavery in military comfort stations by imperial Japanese forces. I used charcoal and pastels on discarded wooden pallets to create portraits of the "comfort women." I arranged these pallets into a room symbolic of the comfort station, and created a broken bed with sheets and pillow to materialize the torture these women endured. Old photographs documenting witness accounts are crumpled and scattered on the floor. Old drawers with scratches represent the screams of the young girls. Japanese military uniform pants lined up in front of the comfort station represent soldiers waiting for their turn in line. The goal of my work is to record the war victims’ sufferings and to increase the awareness of sexual violence against women.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 16 feet
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Width: 14feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 12feet