The Cult of Domesticity or True Womanhood was a term used during the 19th century to describe the belief that middle and upper class women (in the United States and England) not work outside the home but should spend their time on domestic duties such as laundry, flower gardening, cooking and rearing children.
This group of photographs utilizes a strong sense of light, whether that be from a break in the thick forest overgrowth, the reflection of light from yellow day lilies or incandescent porch lights. Light transforms the every day domestic objects so that they convey a sense of transcendence. These objects- ironing board, clothing, doll clothes - are photographed out of their normal household context and placed within an outdoors environment. The juxtaposition of the domestic within the natural world creates a different reality, a reality that asks the viewer to consider the relationship between women, domestic objects and every day activities and the world outside the home.
Cult of Domesticity - Wexford
Cult of Domesticity - North Orland
Cult of Domesticity - North Orland 2
Cult of Domesticity - Del Ray
Cult of Domesticity - Del Ray 2
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