Domestic Arts: The White Space(s) of Domestic Desires

"Threadbare", Skyler McGee, Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x 24", 2011

I mentioned, back when I talked about art and imperialism, that my wife is an artist. She also blogs and has posted a new series she just finished, Domestic Spaces. Those interested in the return of “domestic arts” as a possible modulation of “manifest domesticity” will want to check it out. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, also check it out. She’s artistically exploring the tensions between her desire to build a clean, green, DIY, beautiful home and her awareness of how race and class structure these desires. I won’t attempt to summarize her explorations any further and I’ll resist the temptation to brag more about her art. Enjoy the image as a teaser and please check it out. You’ll notice this is post 1 of 4 for her. She’ll conclude the series with her formal artist statement, so you’ll want to keep following it and let others know.

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