The Yellow Glove Series
The Yellow Glove Series focuses on the blurring of lines between perception and reality. Light and shadow are used to set the tone for each image while abandoned and/or deteriorating settings help personalize how the main character of focus, a “traditional” 1950’s housewife meant to represent “everywoman,” feels inside when compared to her carefully put together exterior. In order to create an ongoing narrative using light and dark imagery along with symbolism, the time of day and authenticity of props, clothing, and location were main focal points for each shoot and also for the careful construction of each image. Over a period of over two and a half years, and for approximately 30 shoots, I scouted locations ahead of time for safety reasons, how the light looked in relationship to the location and time of day, and trueness to the vision we foresaw for each scene. The best locations were those that contained evidence of a past long left behind and were left to deteriorate naturally. Locations were found in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
A lot has changed in recent decades with the rights of women and the roles they play, but are women feeling any less oppressed than during any other era? In some ways women have more freedom and opportunities, but women also often still have many of the same traditional and stereotypical responsibilities and expectations as always. One considerable and important difference is that today’s woman is often left struggling with her traditional role at home while embracing new roles both inside and outside of the home. This leaves some women more repressed, overworked, and unhappy than ever.
Abandoned places were chosen as settings for the images because they parallel a universal aspect of humanity in a way: once new, fresh, and unblemished, both develop histories, have experiences that change them; they age, and eventually, both fade away. Although old and somewhat battered, both show a sort of beauty in their age and decomposition, which can also be seen as paradoxical itself. Some places suffer more than others, whether neglected or structurally unsound, just as people do. On the exterior a person or place may look perfectly put together and happy; however, the insides can often be the opposite: damaged, chaotic, and sad. Settings for the images were carefully chosen with the intent of representing this condition of humanity.
The yellow gloves are abstractly symbolic because overall, I’d like for the to be understood as a symbol of oppression or repression, but they can mean much more than that. What they symbolize to one person may not be the same as for another. We are all formed from different experiences, so underlying meaning is meant to be personally interpreted.
This body of work was created for a number of reasons. The first is to creatively address the universal feelings of oppression women have felt throughout all cultures and eras and secondly, to elicit an emotional response in order to promote thoughtful discussion. Additionally, this work was created to address personal feelings related to issues often faced by women.