Catherine Couturier Gallery is delighted to present the work of Patty Carroll in her debut solo exhibition in Houston entitled Domestic Demise.
Patty Carroll is a fine art photographer based in Chicago, Illinois who has been known for her use of highly intense, saturated color photographs since the 1970’s. Her most recent project, “Anonymous Women,” consists of a 3-part series of studio installations made for the camera, addressing women and their complicated relationships with domesticity. By camouflaging the figure in drapery and/or domestic objects, Carroll creates a dark yet humorous game of hide-and-seek between her viewers and the Anonymous Woman. The exhibition at Catherine Couturier Gallery will feature large scale images from her latest narrative, “Demise,” where the woman becomes the victim of dramatic domestic disasters. Her activities, obsessions and objects overwhelm and consume her making space that surrounds her a site of unexpected tragedy. The scenes of her heartbreaking end are loosely inspired by several sources including the game of Clue, where murder occurs in one of five rooms of the house: Dining Room, Kitchen, Hall, Conservatory, and Library.
Carroll’s earned 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 as an Adjunct Full Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago until 2014, and previously at Columbia College in Chicago, The Institute of Design at IIT and the Royal College of Art in London.
Outside of teaching at the university level, her work has been exhibited internationally and has won multiple awards including being acknowledged as one of Photolucida’s “Top 50” in 2014. She has participated in over 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and her work is included in many public and private collections. Most recently, she is currently Artist in Residence at Studios Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.
The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, January 19th 6-8pm
Catherine Couturier Gallery is located at 2635 Colquitt St., Houston, TX 77098.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.