Style Imitating Art-Booky by Patty Carroll

Welcome to this edition of Style Imitating Art!

About Style Imitating Art

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Weeks Curator

That would be me.

This Week’s Inspirational Art

My pick for this challenge is “Booky-Summer reading led her into fall darkness” by Patty Carroll, which is part of her Anonymous Women series.

This is my own photograph. My oldest daughter owns this work. Patty Carroll’s website HERE. It will take you to her Anonymous WomenDemise series. Bookie is about #35 in a series of about 90 prints. I am hoping that since this is my own photograph of a work that we own gets us around the copyright issue.

A very good view of “Booky” as a stand alone (at 1st Dibs) can be found HERE
Why Did I Pick This Work of Art?

My last two picks for SIA have been crazy colorful. I wanted to have a palette cleanser with softer colors but still there is a lot going on in this piece. Softer colors, yes but quite a bit of texture, pattern and color at play. I feel this gives everyone something to play with.

Patty Carroll and Her Photography

Ever since my youngest daughter introduced me to Patty Carroll’s work, I have been intrigued by it.

She is known for her highly saturated photography. Her Anonymous Women series consists of a 3-part series of studio installations made for the camera, addressing “women and their complicated relationships with domesticity.”

Patty Carroll created these scenes on a set and then photographed them. That is just is amazing to me. I got to talk to her once and she described how friends would come in and help her wrap books or any other tedious tasks

Anonymous Women-Demise is the last of the series.

Will You Join the Fun?

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send me your picture of your SIA inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to June 29th. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday June 30th.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are: terrigardner_meadowtree, daenelt and 14shadesofgrey.

As I mentioned, my daughter owns this work. Here is the one that I really want hanging on my wall-more books!

Take care and create on!

11 thoughts on “Style Imitating Art-Booky by Patty Carroll

    1. Thanks, I figure if I had all those stripes hanging on my wall-it would make up not having any in my closet! LOL-Hope you have something that goes with all those book colors! XOOX Terri


  1. Terri, this is such an amazing piece! I love all the colors and the patterns and it is very reflective of my chaotic life! I have never heard of Patty Carroll so I am going to really enjoy learning more about her and her work. What you have described here reminds me a bit of Cindy Sherman and her Untitled Film Stills from the late 70’s which were self portrait photographs that were her personal commentary on social role playing and sexual stereotypes. It is an incredibly fascinating series that I used for my Philosophy thesis in college way back in the 90’s. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with for this prompt!


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    1. Hey Shelbee-I think you are going to like her-I can look over her pieces time and time again. I really want one of her pieces but now I’m sort of wavering between a few.
      I think this is open to such a broad interpretation and can’t wait to see what folks come up with.


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