PATTY CARROLL contemporary photography
b. 1946, American photographer
For her Anonymous Women series (2016-2019), Patty Carrol creates and photographs colorfully constructed installations to humorously consider gender-based domestic roles. Each image features a headless and anonymous mannequin amongst an abundance of carefully arranged household objects.
The figures nearly disappear or seem uniform within their environments, collectively asking us to consider the objects we collect as a reflection on our own constructed identities in a culture of consumerism. Museum of Contemporary Photography
In “Anonymous Women: Reconstructed,” the woman becomes part of her excessive domestic trappings and activities. “Reconstructed” is commentary on obsession with collecting, designing, and decorating, inviting hilarity and pathos in our relationship with “things.” The photographs are life-size installations made in the studio using household objects as subject matter. A mannequin substitutes for the woman, where camouflage and anonymity reaches its logical conclusion of extreme absurdity, as she perpetually disappears into the artifice and visual overload of colors and patterns in her environment. Finding the anonymous woman in the chaos becomes an interactive scavenger hunt.
WHERE TO BUY
To purchase images online from this series, please contact Spotte Art. Also, some works from this series as well as the Anonymous Women: Draped are available at OAC Gallery. For galleries to visit, please contact Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City and/or Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago