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My Artistic Life

alec vanderboom

Somewhere in Brighton, England, exists a woman who spends hours of her life and thousands of dollars from her household budget recreating the "the gritty reality,"of family life in the City inside her dollhouse.

As the New York Times," states today: "Annina Günther, a graphic designer in Brighton, England. . . has four dollhouses, which she stages for photographs that she posts on her blog, Miniatures by Annina, and on Flickr. The pictures are remarkably evocative and artistic: with rain boots and trash bags left by the door and notes taped to the mirror, the rooms have a lived-in quality and urban melancholy reminiscent of an Edward Hopper painting.

“I am not creating dream places,” she said. “I want to show the reality, the grit and the mess of living in the city.”

Meanwhile in Washington D.C., this tired, pregnant Mom spends hours of her life futility cleaning up "the grit and the mess of living in the city"inside her real life apartment.

You've got to love the irony of the situation.

After looking at Ms. Günther's amazing photos, I'm inspired to stop cleaning and start charging admission to the modern art exhibit inside my house. I'd call it "Real Life Mess: So Much Less Appealing On A True Scale."