DOMESTIC
Elizabeth Bernstein, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Victoria Mara Heilweil, Kija Lucas, Mary Parisi
November 19 - December 19, 2015

Curated by Victoria Mara Heilweil

The domestic is often a space relegated to women and the feminine.  In this exhibition, five female photographers both embrace and push against stereotypes of the domestic.

Each of the participating photographers invites us to examine ideas about time, home and family through traces left behind.  Small details of domestic items are monumentalized through their investigations with the camera.  These details are often so mundane as to be overlooked, and have a visceral quality that is simultaneously uncomfortable and seductive.   Domestic celebrates everyday moments, reimagining the home as a space of chaotic, imperfect beauty.

Elizabeth Bernstein’s photographs draw from the history of still life, using the ordinary as her subject. She communicates intimacy and vulnerability through day to day possessions, using their essential aspect to create an emotional core to her images.

Charlotta Hauksdottir uses several photographs, taken over time and layered into one complex composition to highlight the temporality of being. Using families in their homes, she transforms mundane happenings into meaningful interactions that evoke the familiarity of memory and the complexity of relationships.

Victoria Mara Heilweil’s photos are an archive of the everyday. She photographs her dirty dishes waiting to be washed to create images that are simultaneously alluring and abject.

Kija Lucas highlights our strange intimacy with domestic objects, an intimacy that allows them to take on debris from body and the home and show changes that accrue with time. She photographs used pillows from family members to show that home is not a place but an experience, and that the objects we use embody our personal histories.

Mary Parisi creates her photographs as part of the ritual of cooking. Her images are aesthetic, formal abstractions coupled with the jarring discord of the animal being present for consumption. They are a seductive, yet authentic view of the complicated relationship we have with food, and the comfort that comes with it.

 

Charlotta Hauksdottir, Kenneth Drive