Overt Symbols

Hand-sewn, knotted, and installed with media projection
1,500 vintage and contemporary neckties
64” x 40” x 168”

“Descending from a beam hangs an assemblage of ties of all sorts. Within the braided mass dangle pieces of wood and foam, which help to plump and shape the sculpture, which resembles a necktie in itself. Behind the sculpture is a projection of videos of men and women explaining how to tie a tie, set to the soundtrack of motivational speakers discussing ritual and long-term goals. The ultimate effect is the viewer is engulfed by the symbol of the American Dream.” –Shannon Stearns



Photographs by Karen Mauch