By Sanh Brian Tran
In the series of self-portraits entitled Scratch, I examine the icon and fetish of the American housewife that originated after World War II through the domestic act of cooking.
I began by creating typical American housewife characters of the mid-century era and performing typical housewife acts – i.e., baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch, making fried rice, concocting pineapple Jello rings, and assembling meatloaf. These self-portraits document the process of domestic acts and scratch at the performance of race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
See more of Scratch in Issue 1