The doll's house is a metaphor for family life. In seeking to replicate the ideal nuclear family it presents an incorrect view of the real lives most of us experience.
Gail Howard’s work subverts the traditional ideal of the doll’s house, making instead what may initially be seen to be a dysfunctional representation of a household. However, as the viewer is drawn into the work, the bin bags in the kitchen and the stubbed out fags in the ashtray become more familiar. These details represent not but an insight into real life.
Gail Howard has been based and educated in Wales for the last ten years. The group exhibition In Retrospectat g39 gave Wales its first chance to view her work.