Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Alvin Gregorio

Second Advisor

Mike Womack

Third Advisor

Marina Kassianadou

Fourth Advisor

Jeanne Quinn

Abstract

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.

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