What does the pursuit of happiness entail? Is it striving towards the comfort of the American dream? Why is it so hard for people in our society to be grateful for what we have? Always WANTING more of what we don’t NEED. We all have some sort of “safety blanket,” whether it be an ideology, or a physical manifestation just to satiate our wants.
We become trapped by these perfect ideals in our heads. Thoughts about what we supposedly need streak back and forth throughout our minds. As a whole, it can be hard to remain present in our thoughts. Always fixated on what was, or what is to come.
Crocheting is a comforting, meditative practice. It’s something soothing, and seen as a domestic craft. I’m intersecting the thoughts I have on the obsession with our imagined safety blankets, with crocheting. My work creating hundreds of feet of single chain stiches relate to my thoughts of being so called “chained down” by the intense attachment to the notion of comfort.
I felt intensely compelled to keep one continuous chain going of each skein of yarn I had. The repetition of this act of crocheting is inherently comforting, and I myself became trapped by it.
I was drawn to Jason’s work, because of how it activates the entire room in the Haggerty. The shadows cast by the sculpture intrigued me, and intuitively my work ended up having a shadow component to it as well.