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The Glorious Glamour of Domestic Demise

Patty Carroll, Campaigning, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Campaigning, 2020

Patty Carroll's series "Collapse and Calamity" was recently featured on Blind, a French and English online photography magazine. Click here to read the full article.

The Glorious Glamour of Domestic Demise in the Photography of Patty Carroll

by Miss Rosen

December 29, 2020

In her series “Collapse and Calamity,” photographer Patty Carroll stages exquisite scenes of death by interior design. 

Home is the ultimate escape from the pressures of daily life, a private getaway where we can unwind and be our true selves. But it’s not always that simple. At a time when people are practicing social isolation in a Sisyphean attempt to stanch the exponential spread of COVID-19 across the United States, homes have been transformed into offices, schools, restaurants, and gyms — spaces that are constricting, even claustrophobic, in their limitations. 

Patty Carroll, Blues, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Blues, 2018

In challenging times, humor can be the best medicine. A little levity goes a long way when the weight of the world sends us climbing the walls. In the world of American photographer Patty Carroll those walls bite back is a series of Baroque horrors taken from the on-going series, “Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise.” Her exhibition, Collapse and Calamity, presents delightfully decadent scenes of death that come about in an ill-fated quest to create the “perfect home.” 

Inspired in part by the board game “Clue,” Carroll crafts melodramatic moments of domesticity gone awry. Every corner of the home becomes suspect, the setting for a disaster so luxurious it’s hard to do anything but laugh. Nestled deep in the desire for an opulent oasis are the very seeds of demise. “The perfect home is a blessing, a joy, and a burden that you want to have this thing and it’s never going to be perfect but you keep trying,” says Carroll, who came of age in the 1950s and ‘60s, at a time when the consumerist lifestyle was being perfectly crystallized. 

Patty Carroll, Cleaned Out, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Cleaned Out, 2018

“Mid-century design is almost mythical in its idea about perfection. It was a time of hope. It all happened after the big war and everyone was becoming prosperous. It was a magical, glamorous time. People dressed up for dinner in their perfect homes where the drapes matched the wallpaper and the sofa. My mother’s house was never that good; it wasn’t even close. Later on you tell yourself, ‘I’m going to give myself the perfect life I never had.’”

Click here, to continue reading on Blind.

Kenny Braun now available as a Specialty License Plate

Posted on Dec 23, 2020

Texas offers a specialty license plate featuring a photo by gallery artist Kenny Braun.

Wendi Schnieder featured on Artdoc Magazine

Posted on Dec 22, 2020

Artdoc Magazine recently featured gallery artist Wendi Schneider.

Renate Aller Featured on ABC's "Celebrating the Arts"

Posted on Dec 8, 2020

On ABC's "Celebrating the Arts", Renate Aller discusses life during the pandemic and her project “side walk” 6' apart NYC Spring 2020.

Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD

Posted on Nov 24, 2020

A new online auction, Four Decades: In Celebration of AIPAD, will be presented by Sotheby’s from December 15 through 21, 2020.

Wendi Schneider Featured in Denver Women Magazine

Posted on Nov 3, 2020

Denver Women Magazine recently interviewed gallery artist Wendi Schneider.

Wendi Schneider Featured in The Royal Photographic Society Visual Arts Magazine

Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Wendi Schneider was a featured photographer in the 158th issue of Visual Art, the magazine published by England’s Royal Photographic Society Visual Art Group!

Patty Carroll Webinar with Hasselblad

Posted on Sep 15, 2020

Join Hasselblad and gallery artist Patty Carroll for a webinar on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Mabry Campbell Featured in Texas Highways

Posted on Aug 19, 2020

Catherine Couturier Gallery is excited to announce Texas Highways spotlight on gallery artist Mabry Campbell in its most recent publication "The Arts Issue".

Upcoming Maggie Taylor Workshop

Posted on Aug 18, 2020

Maggie Taylor will be teaching a photography workshop at SFW in October 2020.