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Locked and Loaded

Kimberly Walker's avatar Kimberly Walker

I will create an installation of 46 military-issue duffle bags. These duffle bags are mounted on wooden pallets, the bags will be impaled with rebar for support and stacked to form a 7’ wall, 16’ in length and 48” in depth - a symbolic wall that draws a line between the military and civilians. On the bottom of each bag the woman's name and rank are stenciled, in essence creating a conceptual portrait of each woman. The top of the bags are padlocked referencing permanence and secrecy. A block of cement with 46 keys imbedded into its surface sits beside the duffle bag wall communicating that these women are gone and cannot return; their duffle bag “coffins” can never be opened. The duffle bags are weatherproofed, but it is expected that some deterioration will occur from exposure to the elements and/or human interaction. This added element helps to reenforce the degradation of these women Soldiers.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 41"
  • Medium: Duffle Bags
  • Width: 16'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 7'