Medium:Digital Archival Print
A digital print of a mannequin with a lamp for a head. The mannequin is wearing a blue dress with flowers on it and an orange necklace. There is a table in front of the mannequin with trophies on it and another table next to it with a two-headed lamp on it. There are curtains around the scene as well as more lamps.
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.