“For most of history, anonymous was a woman.” – Virginia Woolf

ANONYMOUS WOMEN, is Patty Carroll’s three-part series cataloguing women’s whimsical and chaotic dance with domesticity. In the fall of 2016, Daylight Books will publish a comprehensive monograph of this project.

“The Anonymous Woman stands in for any domestic woman. She speaks to the modern balancing act of managing a love of home making and feminine identity.” —Patty Carroll

The publication will begin with the early project: HEADS, which developed while the artist lived in England and was known by her domestic identity. With the models face, always hidden under domestic objects, the project reflects the artist’s continuing dance with identity and domesticity.

Part II began upon returning to the states;  obsessive homemaking shifted HEADS  into DRAPED. The Anonymous Woman developed into a figure so completely at one with her home that she became engulfed in it’s drapes.

In the project’s most recent phase, CONSTRUCTED, the Anonymous Woman’s possessions multiply and Multiply and MULTIPLY into a comic crescendo of stuff. This book documents Patty Carroll’s Anonymous Women and her 20 year experience with the complicated relationship between identity and domesticity.
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Patty Carroll    Chicago, IL
Patty Carroll has her BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Graphic Design, and her Master of Science (MS) in Photography from the Institute of Design at IIT, Chicago. Since leaving graduate school, in 1972, she has taught photography continuously at the University level, both full and part-time at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, The Institute of Design and the Royal College of Art London, to name a few.