Nikki Renee Anderson
Bathroom Tales: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice, 2005 - 2007
In this body of work, I am connecting the Mother Goose nursery rhyme, "What Are Little Girls", with the objects from the bathroom. The bathroom is a space to focus on beauty and hygiene. It is a space where I learned to both emphasize my femininity and also hide myself by putting on makeup, styling my hair and participating in proper hygiene. All of the elements of the bathroom have a voice in emphasizing and training gender roles. I both participate in these roles and reject them. The nursery rhyme explains that little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." This phrase is the inspiration for the elements of desserts and sweets in the bathroom objects. This series of sculptures is intended to both create objects of fantasy and examine cultural stereotypes.
This project was supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.