‘Staged’ domestic bliss, hen parties, anti-art, Mars mission
get married, and have kids. Society’s instructions to women remain pretty clear. The longer you hold out, the more the pressure mounts. ‘When are you going to settle down?’ ‘If you wait, you’ll regret it later.’ ‘Tick- tock, tick-tock.’ In a tongue-in-cheek endeavour to embrace the life that everyone is so adamant she should adopt, US photographer (and selfdescribed ‘spinster’) Suzanne Heintz staged a series of portraits of domestic bliss, entitled ‘A Life
Once Removed’, documenting her delightful marriage to a handsome mannequin-man and the joys of raising their precious mannequin-daughter. ‘It is a self-portrait,’ Heintz explains. ‘I had to physically demonstrate “going through the motions”. If I had married because it was “time”, I’d be living by rote, not choice. That’s what I’m criticising – a life based on outdated expectations. I construct these artificial scenes of “real” life to ask, “What’s more important? That I’m happy, or that the position of husband and father is filled in my life?”’
A picture-perfect life? Photographer Suzanne Heintz with her ‘daughter’ and, next page, ‘husband’.