Gallery Shoal Creek presents Karen Hawkins: "The Pink Bow Project" opening day
A large-scale, multimedia work, "The Pink Bow Project" is designed to envelop its audience. Upon entering the gallery, visitors are confronted by 52 sheer panels hung from the gallery ceiling like curtains. Massive in scale, each 9’ x 4’ panel holds 1,000 pink hair bows, a ubiquitous symbol of a girl’s childhood innocence.
51,660 hair bows will be displayed, representing the number of substantiated sexual abuse cases against young girls reported annually to national Child Protection Services agencies. As visitors make their way through the gallery space, maneuvering through the panels like navigating through a maze, an audio component pulls them deeper into the space.
Unified through experience, a crowd of voices is heard. From the crowd, a voice comes forward, stating their name and their age at the time of their abuse, and then fades back into the crowd as another survivor’s voice comes to the forefront. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself, the first voice will be Hawkins’ brave statement, “My name is Karen. I was 10 years old.”
The exhibit will be on display through May 15, with an artist's reception on April 21.