Empty Stomachs
Brown paper bags
18 ft x 4 ft x 11 in.

A site specific verson created in 2022 is on display here:

Many students depend on school meals to eat breakfast and lunch, therefore during school breaks these students go without balanced meals. During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, an innumerable amount of students were stuck at home hungry. The original Empty Stomachs installation was arranged in a West Louisville neighborhood. This specific neighborhood is considered a food desert.  The paper bags in the installation are emtpy and represent the many students going without balanced meals while living in a location where there aren’t any fresh produce grocery stores near by. The bags also resemble urban architecture like low income/income based housing apartments. People of color are more likely to live in poverty, especially in urbans settings like Louisville so, POC are often affected the most. This installation was created to spread awareness and is a call to action: How can we continue to fight child hunger? Can we build more grocery stores in places that need it?