Stressing a Slipknot

It is commonly said that it feels like there is a knot in a person’s stomach when they are stressed about something. I turned this well-known metaphor into a tangible reality. Recording myself undoing a small slipknot every night before bed, I took a deep breath and let go of the worry from that day. However, the biggest stressors build up inside of you without you even realizing and feed off of others who are feeling the same way. To represent this, I needed a larger medium. Using seven pounds of un-dyed wool roving, I created a giant slipknot that my entire senior II class had a part in undoing, highlighting connections, the passage of time, and the idea of impermanence, as the wool was returned to its raw state.