Lanie McNulty | The Angel in the House
THE ANGEL IN THE HOUSE
by Lanie McNulty
Foreword by Deirdre Donohue
Interview by Kate Walbert
Limited edition of 400, signed by artist
Published by Planthouse, 2021
Designed by Faride Mereb
Printed by The Studley Press, Inc.
Hardcover, 12.5 x 9.5 IN, 120 pages
So, have we killed the angel in the house?
Curious if we’ve met Virginia Woolf’s famous challenge, photographer Lanie McNulty turned her lens on domestic interiors. The photographs are stunning, but the verdict isn’t good. McNulty’s nuanced portraits of women at home with children, husbands, parents, friends, and alone were created in collaboration with her subjects. The results starkly expose what the pandemic year has made all too clear: the outsized role women play trying to keep it all together.
Lanie McNulty is a New York-based artist and social activist. Her photography projects include Lifted Up in New York City, From the Ashes of Rwanda, and The Angel in the House. Working in other media, she has created a series of tapestries called Say a Little Prayer for U.S. In her most recent work, McNulty has developed a collaborative process for creating staged, narrative images. She calls this process: “photo improv.”
Deirdre Donohue is Assistant Director of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and on the faculty of the ICP/Bard MFA Program in Advanced Photography. Prior to NYPL, she spent half of her career at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other half at the International Center of Photography.
Kate Walbert is the author of seven works of fiction, including A Short History of Women, a New York Times Ten Best Books of 2009 and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Our Kind, a National Book Award finalist. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.