Lu Colby

Lu Colby – Who Put the Baby in the Corner

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on an average day, women spent more than twice as much time preparing food and drink and doing interior cleaning, and over three times as much time doing laundry as men did.  However, with contemporary standards, higher education, careers, and independence are all desirable traits found in American women. Through my body of work, I attempt to reflect on these double standards and raise these questions about women’s roles and representation in American society today. Using site specific dust and sweepings from my home with household objects, I create an ambiguous narrative within my work for people to to find a correlation between their own experiences with femininity and my own. The use of repetition and multiplicity throughout my work speaks to these individual moments and experiences as a whole while also reflecting on the methodical and repetitive ways women conduct tasks in their own home such as daily chores and personal hygiene.