Rebecca Belmore

Thin Red Line

2009
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The title of this work refers both to a thinly spread military unit holding firm against attack as well as the red line sewn down the centre of each suit jacket. The suits were meticulously and laboriously altered by Belmore, filled with sand by hand, and stacked to form a barricade. For the artist, they act as stand-ins for the body and relate to “the way war creates conditions of hardship and survival.” Arranged with collars facing forward, the heavy, sand-filled suits slump like dead weight, making an immediate and elegiac correlation between the human body and the earth to which it will inevitably return.
Title
Thin Red Line
Date
2009
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
66 men's suit jackets filled with sand, various fabrics, and red thread
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
42885

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