Peter, Eliza, Eula and Abigail. 2018

New Domesticity

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.

Peter, Eliza, Eula and Abigail. 2018

Peter, Eliza, Eula and Abigail. 2018

Kate. 2018

Kate. 2018

Naya, Darrell and Annie. 2018

Naya, Darrell and Annie. 2018

Jaymee and Kurt. 2018

Jaymee and Kurt. 2018

Ruth, Soteria, and Matt. 2018

Ruth, Soteria, and Matt. 2018

Johanna. 2018

Johanna. 2018

Clarity, Adena, Elias, Amber and Katie. 2018

Clarity, Adena, Elias, Amber and Katie. 2018

Bukky. 2018

Bukky. 2018

Jackie, Lydia, and Lois. 2018

Jackie, Lydia, and Lois. 2018

Lulu. 2018

Lulu. 2018

Mateo, Lucia, and Ron. 2018

Mateo, Lucia, and Ron. 2018

Melissa. 2018

Melissa. 2018

Shannon and Kat. 2018

Shannon and Kat. 2018