Anonymous Women: Reconstructed The subject is the conflation of woman and home.
In the “Anonymous Women: Draped” photographic series, the woman is hidden within the drapery, where she performs domestic trickery. The photographs are vignettes of women hidden behind drapes containing one figure and drapery, with an occasional prop or piece of furniture. In the ensuing series, “Reconstructed,” the woman becomes part of her domestic trappings and activities. I am creating narrative, full size, still-life images comprised of many objects. The space and stories are suspect, inviting hilarity and pathos about our relationship with “things.” The photographs act as commentary on obsession with collecting, accumulating designing and decorating. They are life size installations made in the studio for the camera that play with space and scale, and use household objects as subject matter. The woman (or mannequin) is camouflaged among her domestic objects in the substitute home space. The final outcome is a photograph and this short video. https://vimeo.com/pattyphoto
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago provided the basis of all of my work, and I continually seek to come to terms with it. I grew up when suburban life was idealized; the home was a place of perfection and harmony, free from harsh realities of the city, without crime, or messy interiors, where everyone’s drapes and sofa matched, where people were normal, without dark little secrets. It was at time when the “woman’s place was in the home.” I am photographically creating worlds that debunk, critique and satirize these myths of claustrophobic perfection.
Patty Carroll has her BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Graphic Design, and her Master of Science (MS) in Photography from the Institute of Design at IIT, Chicago. Since leaving graduate school, in 1972, she has taught photography continuously at the University level, both full and part-time. Carroll was Adjunct Full Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago until 2014, and previously taught at Columbia College in Chicago, The Institute of Design at IIT and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as other universities. Carroll is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, and teaches for Ascend Training in Chicago. She has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions, and has work in several museums internationally. Her work has been shown at Schneider Gallery in Chicago. She is the photographic author of 4 books; Spirited Visions a book and exhibit of portraits of Chicago artists in 1992 with James Yood, Culture is Everywhere, published by Prestel in 2002 with Victor Margolin, and Living the Life: The World of Elvis Tribute Artists, 2005, and Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America, with Bruce Kraig 2012. Her work is also included in various Photography anthologies.