I am addressing the double edge of domesticity; the home as a place of comfort, or conversely, a place where decoration camouflages one’s individuality to the point of claustrophobia.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 21, 2012
Patty Carroll will be exhibiting her latest series of photographs Anonymous Women at the Chicago Cultural Center of Chicago from July 21 to September 30, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL on the First Floor Michigan Ave Galleries.
Carroll’s series, Anonymous Women, features photographs of faceless figures draped in striking fabrics and textiles. Pieces from the series have previously been exhibited at Shanghai University’s renowned gallery space in the M50 district, as well as at White Box Museum in Beijing, as well as Northern Illinois University Museum. Her work is well known for her visual play on domestic objects and their relationships to women. Carroll is currently Adjunct Full Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago. She is a distinguished photographic artist with a deep interest in American popular culture, and has published and exhibited widely on American cultural topics including Elvis Impersonators, American suburban lawns, resorts at night, as well as women. Her books include: Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, Living the Life: the World of Elvis Tribute Artists, Culture is Everywhere with Victor Margolin, and her latest book, Man Bites Dog, with renowned culinary historian, Dr. Bruce Kraig, will be published later this fall.
Patty Carroll has stated about her work: “I believe that every artist has a moment or time which became a defining point in their life view, and as we struggle to discover it, we repeat work trying to either recreate that moment, or possibly redefine it. As our inner and outer worlds collide, photography seems to be the most satisfying way of expressing that convergence.” Her latest series echoes this statement.
Regarding this series in particular, Carroll states, "Making a home, whether through physical renovation or an internal sense of comfort, remains a constant, universal issue for many women. As a woman artist, I am addressing multiple issues of domesticity; the home can be a place of comfort, a place where decoration becomes an obsession, or where a woman merges with her domestic interior to become almost invisible." Carroll artistically plays with ideas behind home decor, providing humor, solace and dread.
About Patty Carroll
Patty Carroll received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Science degree in photography from The Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Since then, Carroll has continuously taught photography at the university level, to include The Royal College of Art, London, Penn State University, the University of Michigan and IIT, where she was the Head of Photography. While working as an independent artist, Carroll has participated in numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions such as "Elvis & Marilyn: 2 X Immortal." In addition, she curated "American Made: The New Still Life," both of which toured throughout the United States and in Japan. Further, her retrospective titled, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was shown at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England. Other one-person exhibits include "Dark and Deadly" at the Art Institute of Chicago, and “Elvis?” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Her photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and many private collections. More information about Carroll and her work can be found at: http://www.pattycarroll.com.