Planty

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.73.6
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 with a green watering can for a head. The watering can has plants growing out of the top and the spout. There are five small blue plants in front of the mannequin and more around the sides. The mannequin is wearing a blue dress and has no arms.
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.