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Anonymous Women

By: Patty Carroll

Anonymous Women is about becoming the dwelling itself: experiencing joys and terrors of domesticity; challenging the idea of home and identity. The series is a commentary on obsessive collecting, accumulating, designing and decorating, inviting hilarity and pathos about our relationship with “things.”

“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. The worlds within Anonymous Women debunk, critique and satirize suburban myths of claustrophobic perfection, in the hopes of bringing humor to pathos.

In all cases, women need “A room of their own.”

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. 

Exhibit Dates:  September 15th-October 17th, 2016

Opening Reception: September 15th from 4:00-6:00 PM


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Dittmar Memorial Gallery, established in 1972, is a student-operated gallery that enlightens and challenges the Northwestern University community with the works of emerging and underrepresented artists from the Chicago area and the Midwest. The staff at Dittmar is dedicated to developing and fostering the Northwestern community’s awareness of the changing attitudes and trends in the art world. We invite artists who work in the contemporary vein, as well as artists who offer an alternative perspective that hinges on the periphery of the art world. In essence, our goal is to provide well-deserved exposure to those outside or on the margins of the mainstream art world.

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