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This publication investigates the practice of staging “model” or “show” homes as a method for constructing representations of an idealized white (upper) middle class. The essay mines personal narrative, pop culture, lifestyle and news articles surrounding the subject of model homes in order to tell a story about mess, debt, and longing to be part of the middle class. This book comes in two versions: basic and deluxe. The basic version is 40 pages, green and blue risograph on insulation pink or grout grey paper. The deluxe version features this same booklet inserted inside a 12 page book of corresponding collages.
Dimensions: Basic 5.5 x 4", Deluxe 11 x 8.5"
Materials: Color laser print on card stock, risograph print on French paper.
Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, a critical writer, a sometimes-curator, a precarious administrator, and an aspiring educator. Pers visual practice is time-based, spanning video and new media, performance, installation, and publication. Through art, per practices ways of being with the world: of uncovering its curiosities and rubbing up against its contradictions. Pers work often investigates the ways that culture and subjectivity shape, and are shaped by, technology. As an animist, per is invested in building relationships with the non-human world. Pers writing focuses on art as a testing ground for developing new relations, ethics, and worldviews. Pers work has been shown at itinerant spaces in the US, Vietnam, Singapore, and Australia, and pers writing has been published by Leonardo Journal, Art & Education, Kunstlicht Journal, and Aperture Magazine.