GV Art Gallery hosts the third episode of “On The Wall” – Grand Valley Lanthorn
The Grand Valley Art Gallery hosted its third installment of the “On The Wall” artist talk series.
This time around, the Art Gallery welcomed accomplished photographer Patty Carroll to discuss her work and how the ever-changing roles of women in the domestic setting influence her creative process.
The art gallery’s user experience and learning manager, Amanda Rainey, said the talk was the result of Carroll’s work recently displayed on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
“We recently acquired over 20 of Patty’s photographs from her series titled ‘Anonymous Women’ and have installed two on campus: one in the second-floor computer lab at Manitou Hall and another at the Center for Gender Equality. Women and Gender at the Kirkhof Center,” says Rainy. “We invited Patty to talk about her work because it’s new to campus. We also wanted to hear from Patty because her work is visually very engaging, it’s super bright and colorful, and its subject matter is a fun combination of clearly identifiable objects in eerie arrangements that evoke the role of women in society.
The talk focused on Carroll’s “Anonymous Women” series, which deals with women and their complicated relationships with domestic life. The series consists of staged installations, where the female subject is camouflaged in household objects to create a dark game of hide and seek for the viewers.
According to Carroll, the project began when she moved to Britain in the 1990s. She said she was inspired by the change of pace in what she was photographing home interiors in Britain. Carroll said it made her think more about domestic life and its connection to women.
“Anonymous Women” began with a single photograph of a woman against a black background, sporting red lipstick and gold cloth covering her face. Carroll said the choice was prompted by his newly acquired anonymity, which resulted from a move to a new country.
“Suddenly I was in a place where people didn’t know me as a teacher, or a photographer, or in any professional way other than ‘Ms. Jones,'” Carroll said. seen through my domestic status. I started thinking about how “housewife” became a noun and women identified only by their domestic status. »
An interesting aspect of the series shared by Carroll was the collection of short videos using the photographs of “Anonymous Women”. Carroll said she wanted her photos to move in order to make them a bit more humorous.
One of the most striking images Carroll shared from “Anonymous Women” was of a seated woman covered in beige-colored curtains holding a serving tray. Carroll said it was to reiterate the theme of women and domestic life.
As the series progresses, the images become increasingly elaborate with their wild use of color, amount of objects, and blending of the female model. Carroll said the camouflage technique was used to depict women seen as the invisible guardians and servants in the home.
A bold and provocative series, “Anonymous Women” takes a look at women in the home and how they have been silenced and invisible for far too long. Carroll’s work can be found in Manitou Hall’s second level computer lab and the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity.