Domestic Goddess, 2012/2019

Giclée prints on PhotoRag paper, 20" x 15"

Lori Langille

Lori Langille studied fine arts at the University of Ottawa before going on to the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) in Toronto to study painting and illustration. She graduated from OCAD U’s Communications and Design program with a concentration in Editorial Illustration. Since then she has worked on a freelance basis for private and public sector clients—including creating both the logo and a 13-foot-high mural for Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto. Lori has also exhibited her more personal work in various spaces, most recently in January, 2020, with a solo show of contour drawing collages at The Manx in Ottawa.

“The Domestic Goddess series was partially inspired by the Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842) retrospective several years ago at the National Gallery, which featured several of Vigée Le Brun’s portraits of Marie Antoinette, including Archduchess Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1778). The elaborate coiffures in these and other formal portraits of the 18th-century European aristocracy were a symbol of wealth, power, and leisure—all things denied to poor working women. Domestic Goddess flips that upside-down: it transforms women’s domestic labour burdens into high coiffures, using humour to offer dignity and recognition to the women whose often thankless and difficult work maintained these leisured classes. These three prints from Domestic Goddess were first exhibited as part of the Gatherings group show at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, March of 2019.”