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Laura Wingrove

Ku-ring-gai High School

Artwork title
The good wife's guide
HSC year
Expressive form
Documented forms
Artist’s statement

My work is related to a set of housewife’s rules found in Housekeeping Monthly, 1955. These rules, placed on women by women, are my way of representing the impossibility of perfection and, through humour, deconstructing our futile struggle to achieve it. My photographs, taken using a self timer while I immersed myself in the situations found in these rules, show how impossibly difficult it would have been for anyone to be so perfect. I wanted to express women’s issues, as well as document the difficulties of the time in a humorous manner.

Collection connections

Discuss the effect of theatrical elements in The good wife’s guide and Untitled film still #35. How does this approach draw in the viewer? Discuss the conceptual practice behind each work and how ‘play’ adds another dimension.

Discuss the role of the artist in Untitled film still #35. Respond to the artist as both the subject and the creator of the work. Consider the title of the work. What is the artist trying to portray? How is this different or similar to The good wife’s guide?