Lily

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.73.2
Artist:
Patty Carroll
Credit:
Gift of the Artist
Medium:
Digital Archival Print
Date:
2016
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 38" Width: 38"
Description:
A digital print of a mannequin seated on a stool and covered in flowers. The mannequin is wearing a black and dark green dress and there is a large green plant that covers the face. The background of the scene is a busy pattern of different types of flowers and there are two curtains on either side of the mannequin in a different pattern. The floor is also another different floral pattern.
Historical Context:
This photograph is part of Patty Carroll's series of images titled “Anonymous Women: Reconstructed.” In each image of the series, a 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.