Medium:Digital Archival Print
A digital print of a figure with a lamp on its head. The figure is wrapped in a cream-colored curtain that matches the one that makes up the background. The lampshade on the figure is also cream-colored with brown accents.
This photograph is part of Patty Carroll's series of images titled “Anonymous Women: Draped.”
On her work Carroll states, "[the series] is about becoming the dwelling itself: experiencing the dichotomy of domesticity. The home is a place of comfort but can also be camouflage for individual identity when idealized decor becomes an obsession, or indication of position or status. “Staying home” is a state that some women also aspire to as a place of power, while others abhor because of its prison-like atmosphere. In all cases, women need “A room of their own.” This series has references to draped statues from the Renaissance, nuns in habits, women wearing the burka, the Virgin Mary, priests’ and judges’ robes, ancient Greek and Roman dress, among others. The series is also a small tribute to Scarlett O’Hara, who, undaunted by wars, pulled down her drapery to fashion a beautiful gown, and would do anything to keep her home, Tara. Hopefully, I am bringing humor to pathos.