From Art Journal, 31 (3) (1972) p268-70
Feminism-Art-Theory: an anthology 1968-2014, 2nd edition, editor Hilary Robinson (2015) p107
"[....] Sometimes the struggle for subject matter assumes a different cast. We are able to find material to make art from, but we sense that the material is inappropriate. There are some interesting unwritten laws about what is considered appropriate subject matter for art making. The content of our first class project Womanhouse reversed these laws. What formerly was considered trivial was heightened to the level of serious art-making: dolls, pillows, cosmetics, sanitary napkins, silk stockings, underwear, children's toys, washbasins, toasters, frying pans, refridgerator door handles, shower caps, quilts and satin bedspreads. [...]"
Why are these women given to 'sense that the material is inappropriate'? Why is it different for women's objects to men's objects? The Bottle Rack - is it male or female? Did it have a domestic use? (It was supposedly bought in a department store) Or is it more male - associated with alcohol? What kind of bottles was it used for?
"Where women have always been - in between the sheets and on the shelf"
I love the idea of taking over a whole house :)
I encountered this piece before I knew the context and background of its staging. It is an image that has stuck in my memory. Its one of those wish I'd seen it in real life.