For years, all I wanted was to disappear. I wanted it so badly. To be forgotten entirely. Now that the world has paused, I sit on my bed, curtains closed. Everything has stopped. I have stopped. Stopped talking to people. Stopped going for walks. Stopped going to concerts. Stopped seeing friends. Stopped leaving the house altogether. Now I am not there anymore. I have become invisible, even to myself. As I let my mind wander in the immensity of the white walls that surround me, I have disappeared completely.
That feeling of blending into the decor has found its true sense of meaning in the work of Patty Carroll. In her series Anonymous Women, Carroll creates colourful and stylish scenes featuring headless mannequins, or women who have disappeared completely. Her installation art seeks to denounce gender-based stereotypes and excessive consumerism, and also explore the concept of home as a prison.
Her artist statement says;“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.”
Here are some of our favorite pieces.