1,000 silk neckties, new and old
Neckties, which hang down and are not worn by women, are definitely a male symbol says Freud. Historically, neckties were worn by men in the accessory’s association with military regalia and the rise of urban capitalism. Industrial culture created a confluence of public and private space, traditionally demarcating the division of gender. This movement provoked a deep need for a redefinition of gender, a reassertion of masculine identity and prerogative says Dr. Richard Boothby in his analysis of Freud titled Sex on the Couch. I imagine how it must feel to experience both such restraint and standardization, agreeing to nearly choking for the duration of an important, accountable event. I imagine this asphyxiation is both terrifying and exciting.
The sculpture Overt Symbols measures 8 feet wide, 14 feet high and is suspended from the ceiling. It installed to be load bearing, for viewer to not only see the piece but engage physically by touching, climbing and even suspending from the work. One is meant to engage the body in this mountain of ties, viscerally experiencing this object in a new way, when presented in mass. While a single tie remains relatively innocuous, a suspended structure of thousands of ties towering over the human body convey a wholly different message.