As a woman artist, I am addressing the double edge of domesticity; the home as a place of comfort, or a place where decoration becomes an obsession, and the woman merges with her domestic interior to become almost invisible.
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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 20, 2010
The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University will feature the artwork of renowned Chicago photographer, Patty Carroll, during the 2010 Shanghai Biennale. Carroll' s series, "Anonymous Women," includes 33 photographs of faceless figures draped in striking fabrics, and will be on display from November 6-18, 2010. Carroll currently teaches digital photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Her work is well known for her visual play on domestic objects and their relationships to women. Shanghai University' s main gallery space is located in the arts and cultural epicenter of Shanghai at M50, a converted industrial complex home to China' s most influential galleries and innovative exhibition spaces. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at 6:30 pm; admission is free.
"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 the double edge of domesticity; the home as a place of comfort, or a place where decoration becomes an obsession, and the woman merges with her domestic interior to become almost invisible," Carroll comments. Carroll artistically plays with ideas behind home decor, providing humor, solace and dread. "Although the trappings shown here are specifically western-style textiles from various eras, I am hoping that they will translate into all cultures," Carroll adds. "Perhaps this work will offer the chance for women anywhere to both laugh and cry at their domestic situations."
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. Recent one-person exhibits include "Dark and Deadly" at the Art Institute of Chicago, and "Anonymous Women" at Northern Illinois University Art Museum. Carroll has published several books, including "Spirited Visions," "Culture is Everywhere," and "Living the Life: The World of Elvis Tribute Artists." 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 collectors. More information about Carroll and her work can be found at: http://www.pattycarroll.com.
About The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University and M 50
The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University features the largest and leading art institute in Shanghai. Celebrating an established and diverse academic reputation, both domestically and abroad, Shanghai University is wholly committed to educating and promoting its artistic community. The university maintains an anchor gallery space at M50, a complex of converted factories near the Suzhou River in Shanghai, China, that was commissioned the Chunming Art Industrial Park in 2004 by the Shanghai Municipal Economic Committee. Integrating history, culture and art into the Shanghai arts community, M50 has introduced more than 130 artists from around world, and enjoys an influential reputation amongst an international art audience. More information about The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University can be found at: http://www.shu.edu.cn/Shuweb/english/Art/index.html. More information about M50 can be found at: http://www.m50.com.cn.