(American, b. 1946; resides in Chicago, IL)
For her Anonymous Women series (2016-2019), Patty Carrol creates and photographs colorfully constructed installations to humorously consider gender-based domestic roles. Each image features a headless and anonymous mannequin amongst an abundance of carefully arranged household objects. The figures nearly disappear or seem uniform within their environments, collectively asking us to consider the objects we collect as a reflection on our own constructed identities in a culture of consumerism.
Patty Carroll completed a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1968) and an MS from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (1972). Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Solo shows include: The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England (1996); The Art Institute of Chicago (2004); the White Box Museum, Beijing (2010); and the Chicago Cultural Center (2012) among others. Group shows include: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980, 1984, and 1986); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1994) among others. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; among others. Carroll is published in Women Photographers (1990) and Changing Chicago (1989), and her books include: Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists (1992), Culture is Everywhere (2002), Living the Life: The World of Elvis Tribute Artists (2005), Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America (2012) She currently teaches digital photography part-time at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.