Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (Installation)

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation by Nava Atlas

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation detail © 2014-2015 by Nava Atlas

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife
14-part wall installation / Digital prints on canvas, etc. / 110″ W x 38″ h / 2014 – 2015

This multi-part wall installation gathers some favorite spreads from my 2009 book Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (Simon & Schuster), which in turn is an expansion of my 2008 limited edition book of the same title. The women, food, textile patterns, and typography might belong to another era, but many of the issues in contemporary traditional relationships are all too common still.

Gender Role Casserole, Way Too Much on Your Plate, People-Pleasing Tossed Salad, Old Boyfriend Buffet, Midlife Stress-Stuffed Cabbage are just some of the faux “recipes” depicted here. Disappointment and disillusionment are tempered with humor, and there are reminders here and there that love might just conquer mundane frustrations.

 

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation © 2014-2015 by Nava Atlas

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation © 2014-2015 by Nava Atlas

Gender role Casserole from Secret Recipes for the Modern wife © Nava Atlas 2014

Gender role Casserole from Secret Recipes for the Modern wife © Nava Atlas 2014

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation detail © 2014-2015 by Nava Atlas

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife wall installation detail © 2014-2015 by Nava Atlas

 

Old Boyfriend Buffet from Secret Recipes for the Modern wife © Nava Atlas 2014

Old Boyfriend Buffet from Secret Recipes for the Modern wife © Nava Atlas 2014

Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife installation detail

Secret recipes for the modern wife

No One Tells You … from Secret Recipes for the Modern wife © Nava Atlas 2014