This series grew out of an art book club comprised of artists: Peter Beck, Lois Bielefeld, Melissa Dorn, Jaymee Harvey Willms, and Kate E. Schaffer. Responding to the book, What Would Lynne Tillman Do?by Lynne Tillman the artists made new work considering Tillman’s series of essays that culminated in a show The Book Club: What Would We Do with Lynne Tillman? at Frank Juarez’s gallery summer 2018.
I was thinking about what does domesticity look like today long after feminism responded to the American idealized hyper role-driven society of the 50’s and 60’s (think June Cleaver). I made portraits of all of the artists (and who they shared their homes with) and did audio interviews with them about what does home and making home look like today. I’ve decided to continue this series as I have recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay area from Milwaukee and am currently making a new home with my wife and thinking about the changing dynamics as my daughter has just left for college. I’m curious about the performative nature of these portraits and the idea of playing house.