Since the 1900’s “bird” has been used as slang to refer to women, often materially obsessed yet physically beautiful women.
Following the demise of the Anonymous Woman, Patty Carroll has forsaken her mannequins and models and replaced them with birds. Various feathered figurines stand in as a metaphorical substitute. In their natural habitat, birds camouflage themselves in their tree homes, they sing, but remain invisible as they go about their business of feeding, fending off predators and teaching their young. Their camouflage is survival. In these still-life photographs, colorful fabric, artificial flowers and other household baubles create a sumptuous, patterned, and ornate world. This world mirrors the home life of birds in nature while symbolizing the nesting instincts of women whose homes are a sanctuary of pride and obsession.