Susan Copich Stages A Darkly Humorous And Disturbing Family Life In “Domestic Bliss”

Bath Time

Bath Time

Mommy Time

Mommy Time

Happy Days

Happy Days

Reaching middle-age, photographer Susan Copich was feeling disillusioned with her acting career, disenchanted with her marriage, and, when she noticed her absence from every family photo, as if she were disappearing. Her solution was to create the series “Domestic Bliss,” staged photos featuring her in darkly humorous scenes from an exaggerated life.

“I use proverbs, idioms, and biblical scriptures as a conduit to reach my inner creativity while grounding it to something real. Social observation continues to fuel my inspiration. The use of humor allows me to mock the worlds I traipse through while permitting the viewer to live vicariously through the character. I project my thoughts into a frozen a moment in time, allowing the story to continually unfold in front of you.”

She tackles topics like unsupervised children with access to guns, women and food, and homicidal anger, as well as lighter topics such as Christmas cards and crying over spilt milk. Some of the images are very dark, indeed, such as “Bath Time” with its implication of double murder/suicide, and “Anger Management,” which depicts Copich, with unkempt hair and Diane von Furstenberg dress, in the act of wringing the family dog’s neck in front of her daughters.

“I dwell in the dark thoughts and recesses of my mind to create character and subject, in order to project them into a frozen moment of time, allowing the story to continue to unfold bilaterally for the viewer. I feel a certain freedom to live vicariously through these characters to engage, seek to navigate (and, no less, avoid), both my own personal imperatives as woman, artist, mother, and wife, as well as those – personal, social and cultural – that are imposed on me by others.”

The photos are funny and disturbing, polarizing and attention-grabbing. It seems that Susan Copich is in no danger of disappearing any time soon.

All photos by Susan Copich, courtesy of Moen Mason Gallery. (Via Demilked)

Toy

Toy

Witching Hour

Witching Hour

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

Baggage

Baggage

Old Habits

Old Habits

Let Go

Let Go

Anger Management

Anger Management

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Snap

Snap

Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod

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  • survivormom

    Interesting. If I did this, I would lose custody of my kids. If her husband decided to divorce her and file for custody, she’s pretty much screwed.

  • lahdeedah

    Wow relax. Its just photographs. Pretty funny.

  • Craig_Knaak

    Don’t live in fear

  • permichelen

    She is a circuit breaker away from a mishap!

  • Pax

    I think you’re on the wrong website…

  • Dasz

    Creating characters that contemplate/do bad things does not mean that the creator will do bad things.

    For example: film…television…assorted literature from antiquity onward.

    Consuming creative work requires separating the work from the creator.

    I’m a parent and I laughed out loud, forwarded to my wife who also laughed. I totally get it.

  • Haveaniceday

    Lame

  • LandofDave

    Yawn …

  • Ayumu Lan

    thanks for the nightmares.