"Locker Room" deals with gender permissions, acceptable gender activities, and created spaces. Creating a stereotypically masculine space with a stereotypically feminine process brings to surface questions around activities that our culture deems acceptable for men and women.
This created space is about a false sense of masculinity and safety. The locker room is a place that is offered up as a place for men to be private and comfortable. In actuality, there is often comparing, measuring up, and a general feeling of vulnerability and/or being inadequately masculine.
The obviously open construction and layout as well as the knit and crocheted objects point out the distance between the promise of a temple to masculinity and the reality of how constructed gender roles truly are.
Photos: Steven Miller for Bellevue Arts Museum, WA All yarn generously donated by Lion Brand