An interactive theatrical exhibit

Artist Guidelines

We are currently seeking submissions from L.A. based artists who would like to be considered for exhibit in the show this January. If you are interested in exhibiting, please send a link to your portfolio to manicandmuse@gmail.com . Only art that fits the themes and concept of the show will be considered. Scroll down for details:

Themes

    Dolls
    Masks (literal and metaphorical)
    The Nuclear Family (Anti-Norman Rockwell, please.)
    The American Dream
    Consumerism & Propaganda
    1950s Gender Roles
    The Cold War
    The Futility of Routine
    Suburban Conditioning
    Nuclear Fallout
    Duty vs. Desire
    Secrets
    Repressed Sexuality

Concept

This production will fuse together a variety of different artistic mediums such as performance, art installation and original music, aimed at both examining and challenging the sociopolitical constructs of our culture and time. American Dollhouse functions as a metaphor, providing the stage for the examination of the larger world it so innocently tries to emulate. The dollhouse, which has become an iconic childhood toy, is for many, the earliest indoctrination of the ‘American dream’, conveying to children at an impressionable age an idealistic representation of what the nuclear family should look like. While the dollhouse attempts to be sweet and inviting, in its gross oversimplification of reality, it renders itself artificial and somewhat hollow, as if to suggest, perhaps, that there were more to the story than what is being told. American Dollhouse takes a closer look at not only the notion of the dollhouse, but also the darker facets of what it seeks to represent. Beneath the façade of perfection, we witness the inhabitants struggling with their own silent pains, the unspoken truths that exist beneath the external masks they all wear. Each character’s profound desire to break free of the house, of each other, is juxtaposed against the unbreakable bonds of bloodline, obligation, ritual and societal expectation. They are bound to this house, to each other, for better or worse. The very structure designed to safeguard them from the outside world is in essence their oppressor, a physical manifestation of the social pressures of the world around them. Within these confines, we watch as the incessant conflict between appearance and truth, duty and desire begins to take hold. American Dollhouse is, in essence, a personification of the American dream, wrought with its intrinsic flaws and sinister connotations.

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