Published by Lurleen Kirkwood
Posted on March 15, 2019
In honour of International Women’s Day last week, we’re showing some love to American photographer Patty Carroll’s ongoing series Anonymous Women, which explores the dichotomy of domesticity, and the ‘the home’ means to different women. Carroll suggests that sometimes, home is a place of comfort, where being a ‘stay at home’ mother or wife is an aspirational lifestyle. Simultaneously, home can camouflage individual identity when a house-proud obsession with décor, presentation, and status dictates one’s sense of self.
Carroll came to these realisations when decorating her own 1950’s ranch house, mulling over her own relationship to her home though-out vintage foraging sprees. In any and all cases, Carroll asserts that women need “a room of their own.” The series’cross-cultural references span Renaissance-era draped statues, nuns in habits, women wearing the burka, priests and judge’s robes, ancient Greek and Roman dress, and the Virgin Mary among others.
Credits: Article – Yellow Trace Photo 1 and 2: Anonymous Women by Patty Carroll & Random Fun https://www.yellowtrace.com.au/patty-carroll-anonymous-women-concept-photography-series/