Anonymous Women

September 29, 2022


Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery

Photograph of a seated figure covered in green leaves and plants.
Plant Lady, 2020

Opening September 29 in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, Anonymous Women is a display of photographs by Patty Carroll. Works in the exhibition are selected from her multiple "Anonymous Woman" projects that portray female figures hidden or obscured from the viewer by colorful textiles, plants, and objects.

Patty Carroll is known for her use of highly intense, saturated color photographs. Her most recent project, “Anonymous Women,” consists of a 3-part series of studio installations made for the camera, addressing women and their complicated relationships with domesticity. By camouflaging the figure in drapery and/or domestic objects, Carroll creates a dark and humorous game of hide-and-seek between her viewers and the Anonymous Woman.

The photographs are published in two monographs, Anonymous Women, released in January, 2017 by Daylight Books, and Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise, January 2020 by Ain’t Bad Books. The “Anonymous Woman” series has exhibited internationally and has won multiple awards including Carroll being acknowledged as one of Photolucida’s “Top 50” in 2014 and in 2017.

Carroll’s work has exhibited internationally and is featured in prestigious blogs and magazines such as the Huffington Post, The Cut, Ain’t Bad Magazine, and BJP in Britain. For more information and current images visit:

Patty Carroll will give a public talk at MSU on September 29, 11am to 12pm in the Giles Hall, Harrison Auditorium. In addition to the artist talk, the public is invited to a special gallery reception to meet Patty Carroll on September 29, 5pm until 6pm. 

The exhibition is on view in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery September 29 through October 29, 2022. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and some Saturdays.

Programming for the exhibition and Patty Carroll's visit is made possibly by the CONTACT Visiting Artist Photographic Series and the Starkville Area Arts Council.


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