Marriage, Dirty Dishes, and Why I Paint Appliances
It started with a dishwasher.
After moving in with my boyfriend (now husband) Lee 11 years ago, I discovered our “differing philosophies” when it came to caring for dishes and dishwasher etiquette. Following a particularly heated dish-care argument, I felt compelled to paint our dishwasher.
I started viewing appliances as icons.
Lee and I started registering for wedding gifts, and I started thinking about gender roles and expectations post-marriage. Who was supposed to use these appliances? I noticed my friends registering for similar items, as if a stand mixer had become a pre-requisite for marriage, even if it was rarely or never used. I felt certain appliances had become status symbols.
I even canonize some appliances by painting halos over them, and in bigger pieces I mimic the structure of early Renaissance paintings, replacing the Madonna and child with appliances.
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