When reviewing art that uses the American housewife as its subject, I am always in awe at the artists' interpretations of what has been termed "domestic bliss." More often then not, the irony is visualized with the subject in the midst of some act of palpable angst, or perhaps bliss under pressure.
What I love love about "Housewife" by Duane Hansen (1970, polyester and fiberglass, life-sized) is the total air of resignation of his subject.
She's just given up. It's time for a break. Put your feet up, do something to make yourself feel pretty, forget that the kids are driving you crazy and read the latest issue of Redbook instead.
Or, perhaps the hose of her hair dryer has sucked any ability to give a hoot out of her?
I'll admit it, sometimes I feel just like her.
For Mr. Hansen's case, I hope his subject wasn't his wife.
Or his mother.
Then again, he's an artist, and I'm sure anyone who has to clean up his studio would look like this afterward.
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