Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women

Friday, Sep 7 – Oct 20, 2018 6 – 9 pm

906 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60622

One After 909 highlights photographer Patty Carroll in a solo exhibition entitled Anonymous Women. In the first variations of this decade-long series, Anonymous Womenplay fully explored the intricacies of homemaking and femininity, while the most current work depicts their twisted friction. Throughout the series, intense, meticulously decorated scenes envelop the female figure. She meets domestic disasters camouflaged within the sanctuary she so carefully built. Despite the leaps and bounds of progress the women’s movement has made over the course of her lifetime, with this work Carroll recognizes how far we still have to go. Subverted in the dark humor of exaggerated interiors lies her lethal critique of our lingering tendencies to reduce femininity to domesticity.

This exhibition at One After 909 features the most current iteration of the Anonymous Women series, with photographs of scenes made entirely in the artist’s studio, and a site-specific installation. This new chapter is a grim one that illustrates powerlessness and a deprivation of agency that permeates the female experience even today.

“Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago provided the basis of all of my work, and I continually seek to come to terms with the myth of perfection and illusion. I am photographically creating worlds that debunk, critique, and satirize the expectation of domestic perfection, a claustrophobic experience.” - Patty Carroll 

The Anonymous Women series has been exhibited internationally and has won multiple awards including Carroll’s inclusion in Photolucida’s “Top 50” in 2014 & 2017. Recently, Carroll’s work from the series has appeared in a myriad of blogs and publications as well as on the cover of MonoChroma Magazine’s inaugural issue. The series was also featured in Anonymous Women, a monograph published by Daylight Books in 2017.

About Patty Carroll:

Patty Carroll is known for her use of highly intense, saturated color photographs since the 1970’s. Her work has been featured in prestigious blogs and international magazines such as the Huffington Post, The Cut, Ain’t Bad Magazine, and the British Journal of Photography. Her work has been shown internationally in many one-person exhibits in China and Europe, as well as the US. (White Box Museum, Beijing, Art Institute of Chicago, Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England, among others.) She has participated in over 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and her work is included in many public and private collections. She is currently Artist in Residence at Studios Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Opening reception: September 7, 2018 6-9pm