Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art & Art History
The fear of navigating the world begins with advice received as young girls: never walk alone at night, always inspect the back seat of your vehicle for intruders, carry your keys between your fingers. Over time women accumulate experiences that confirm the validity of that advice, experiences that become a burden felt within the body. Women learn to expect violence, to occupy their body differently, and to navigate space based on that expectation. Tied in Knots documents an ongoing performance using kitchen knives to knit an aimless and endless strand. The repetition becomes an engrained compulsion and form of muscle memory, similar to the ritualistic actions undertaken by women to avoid a potential threat.
Chase, Meghan, "Tied in Knots" (2018). Art Practices MFA Theses. 14.