Artist statement

MeLinda Brown is a nomadic interdisciplinary artist living and working between her sailboat in Florida and workshop in Tennessee. She grew up on a subsistence farm in Florida which has influenced the way she makes knives: She repurposes materials that have once been discarded or forgotten and re-shapes them into fully-functional, one of a kind tools that can be used both as accessories and utilitarian devices. Her work as a chef, sailor, and piercer has all informed her aesthetic as an artist. She is interested in changing the gender diversity in our culture’s knife-carrying community. She specifically strives to design knives for women, focusing on the tactile experience of the handle fitting into a woman’s hand. Her work seeks to normalize the idea of knife-carrying within our culture, both as functional devices and works of art.