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Unwed Woman Takes Photos With Mannequin Family Over 14 Years
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Unwed Woman Takes Photos With Mannequin Family Over 14 Years

Ha ha! What kind of Woman would do such a thing? Crazy, nutter, psycho, weirdo, histrionic freak! Is that what comes to mind when you see these photos? If so, then you have proven my point. You’ve just judged a woman without knowing her. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Most often a woman is defined by the relationship of Wife and Mother. Without those roles, she lies outside our frame of reference. So we find other labels for her. Most of them not so flattering.

I started this series of self portraits in the early years of my photo career, when I began to face what seemed to be universal pressure to hurry up and “make it happen,” before I shriveled into a “Spinster.” It seemed such an old fashioned notion. Naively, I thought Gloria Steinem took care of all that when I was a kid. Mmm, not so much. It appeared that I’d be thought more successful if I found any available body and quickly settled. So I made a point of doing just that, in a peculiar, funny way, that would point out what’s wrong with that picture.

While I’ve used myself as a subject, this really isn’t about me at all. It’s about what is expected of all women. How do we now define ourselves, instead of letting tradition do it for us? If you’re really smart, you can see how this isn’t just about women either. It’s about judgement, both of ourselves and each other. I’ve taken this effort to a wildly challenging extreme, because the issue requires it. The challenge inspires me. I think I’m man enough, woman enough, funny enough. Try me.

More info: suzanneheintz.com

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MargaretFlynn
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7 years ago

I absolutely LOVE this woman and her work! Thanks for sharing your life with a stiff !

lilred
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7 years ago

I love her too!

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EllenEmpson
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7 years ago

Creative, detailed in incorporating color, style, that 1960s feel of the American attitude about home and household. I'm impressed!

guess
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7 years ago

1. love the statement 2. love the wedding dress (not that you need it to be happy but if you change your mind it's beautiful lol)

JoieAckerman
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7 years ago

Don't worry the guy's reactions look so much like any husband.

mariewalshe
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7 years ago

that is fantastic,,,,and so detailed, love it

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

Sometimes you look like Princess Leia. :)

Hotrod
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7 years ago

She makes a good point.

lilred
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7 years ago

A RIOT! I love it!

davidmika
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7 years ago

I love her too. What's not to love about someone who will go this far for her Feminist beiliefs!

TamaraM
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6 years ago

And the "Wedding " dress is gorgeous ! I love it ! Can be worn to any party or soree !

TamaraM
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6 years ago

Freakin' AWESOME ! Your sense of style is marvelous !!!

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh, good job. I particularly appreciate how you put an excessively forced smile in mosst of your pictures. It really looks like the old advertisements from the fifties-sixties. Very good job.

PrescotteMartin
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6 years ago

This is terrifying and strangely beautiful. In some ways, its not much different than watching lovers on screen. It's all fake, but they make it look so real and possible.

Rism
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6 years ago

All these photos are more colorful than my life

andrea
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6 years ago

when you watch the video you will get it

Lorien
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6 years ago

I loved the one where she was in the laundromat. The woman sitting down was peeking over her mag looking at her strangely!!

GoCatGo
Community Member
7 years ago

I was fortunate enough to see your show–and hear your talk–in Longmont, Colorado. Brilliant!

ZeniSetiawati
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7 years ago

creative..

ChuriChan
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7 years ago

Awesome! Love her expression and the style of her photos :D

JohnMorrison
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7 years ago

sad. cold. lonely.

JohnFinch
Community Member
7 years ago

Every one of these pictures is a work of art in themselves, the use of colours is amazing, and each one makes a poignant life statement.

ItzyStrange
Community Member
7 years ago

These are amazing! I cannot get over how much I loved them.

CherlynR
Community Member
7 years ago

I saw your work before years ago! Thanks for sharing and giving the big o' middle finger to labels women are given in society.

ClaudiaRotter
Community Member
7 years ago

These are absolutely fantastic!

DeertBahg
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7 years ago

wtf this lady needs help wow more barbies for this sick bitch

AliciaAraya
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7 years ago

a fun parody of ordinary facebook narcissism and the general culture of one upmanship and exhibitionism

SamanthaEli
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7 years ago

So. Freaking. Awesome. Nice job!

VincentRacicot
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7 years ago

Disturbing and yet fascinating. Talented, for sure!

Maria_P
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7 years ago

Genial. These photos remind me of many others of "Holy Happy Families", with the same empty eyes (and their owners were not mannequins...)

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

Lets be honest, how many 'singles' out there haven't 'made-up' a partner to go shopping, movies, have coffee with?

HaynyDiaz
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7 years ago

I love how people assume she spends her life with those mannequins... are you stupid or what?

HaynyDiaz
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7 years ago

I love how people assume she spends her life with those mannequins.. are you stupid or what?..

BetsyArcher
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7 years ago

I love her creativity and sense of humor! Suzanne is brilliant!

mariewalshe
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7 years ago

i just glanced your comments,, get over yourselves, the pictures are wonderfull and fun, how stuffy can you be

RaymundFuntalba
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7 years ago

Why is her husband and their have no emotions? o_O

NargesSh
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7 years ago

Her husband and daughter are always gloomy!

skyeberg
Community Member
7 years ago

I adore this work! Let's hope it gets published in a big coffee table book...

AnjezaDoko
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7 years ago

wow! I laugh and I got scared at the same time. Very Impressing!

RickAndresen
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7 years ago

I am thinking Twilight Zone. Nice job.

NoneofYourBusiness
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7 years ago

Is it any wonder why there are so many single mothers out there? This is the result of the modern feminist man-hatred. Glad I found a wife.

Random32
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7 years ago

I want to feel bad but this is too funny!

frank0ys
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7 years ago

Amusingly weird. :)

AlexanderLoibnegger
Community Member
7 years ago

so sad ... so lonely ... so touching

guess
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7 years ago

How is she sad and lonely? She's saying that she finds happiness in independence. Who are you to say that there's only one way to be happy?

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SaamAmerat
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7 years ago

:)

Arjan
Community Member
7 years ago

Proving a point like that might prove that you are a little nuts. Looking at the dates, I think its 4 years, not 14!!!

Community Member
7 years ago

Started in 2000. Did a few shots each year or so. Copyright dates do not reflect year the image was taken, but registered w copyright office

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Fernandito
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7 years ago

This women is GENIAL.

SandyCurtis
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7 years ago

I don't really understand. Does she?

PeterLedoux
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7 years ago

Did anyone else notice the grooms side of the family was mannequins and her side was people? Sorry I jump to a conclusion about this woman.

cindik
Community Member
7 years ago

I love Suzanne's work--beautiful, hilarious and insightful!

CommentaryFortytwo
Community Member
7 years ago

The wedding pictures are priceless. Love that the Groom's family are all mannikins!

KimChiNguyễn
Community Member
7 years ago

Love her smileee. And this is a brilliant idea and amazing art work. However, I find it a bit creepy in several shots, esp the Xmas shopping

ArmineIskenderian
Community Member
7 years ago

Its beautiful and it really speaks to me.

AmandaJohnson
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome work .. amazingly talented. Just to see some of the judgment passed behind you in your photos are crazy !

selket
Community Member
7 years ago

The photos are funny and perfectly done, but nothing more. Great fun, but I don't feel the message.

alodis
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7 years ago

I think I saw her on A&E!

alodis
Community Member
7 years ago

Seems like a lot of work!

Visible
Community Member
7 years ago

love the audaciousNess over your work. Fabulous

Victorbanana
Community Member
7 years ago

i don't want to be an asshole, but this lady has no life, no offense

Maria_P
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7 years ago

Are you sure you know how IS her real life? Really?

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Victorbanana
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7 years ago

I don't want to be an asshole but this lady has no life, no offense

Victorbanana
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7 years ago

also everyone must think she has a mind problem

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AlexanderLoibnegger
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7 years ago

So sad ... so lonely ... so touching

lemonhead
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7 years ago

if she continues to lug those mannequins around, she will never find her true love...that is living. it is good work but she can do better

CommentaryFortytwo
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7 years ago

You are exactly the kind of person she is protesting against.

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MargaretFlynn
Community Member
7 years ago

I absolutely LOVE this woman and her work! Thanks for sharing your life with a stiff !

lilred
Community Member
7 years ago

I love her too!

Load More Replies...
EllenEmpson
Community Member
7 years ago

Creative, detailed in incorporating color, style, that 1960s feel of the American attitude about home and household. I'm impressed!

guess
Community Member
7 years ago

1. love the statement 2. love the wedding dress (not that you need it to be happy but if you change your mind it's beautiful lol)

JoieAckerman
Community Member
7 years ago

Don't worry the guy's reactions look so much like any husband.

mariewalshe
Community Member
7 years ago

that is fantastic,,,,and so detailed, love it

SusannaVesna
Community Member
7 years ago

Sometimes you look like Princess Leia. :)

Hotrod
Community Member
7 years ago

She makes a good point.

lilred
Community Member
7 years ago

A RIOT! I love it!

davidmika
Community Member
7 years ago

I love her too. What's not to love about someone who will go this far for her Feminist beiliefs!

TamaraM
Community Member
6 years ago

And the "Wedding " dress is gorgeous ! I love it ! Can be worn to any party or soree !

TamaraM
Community Member
6 years ago

Freakin' AWESOME ! Your sense of style is marvelous !!!

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh, good job. I particularly appreciate how you put an excessively forced smile in mosst of your pictures. It really looks like the old advertisements from the fifties-sixties. Very good job.

PrescotteMartin
Community Member
6 years ago

This is terrifying and strangely beautiful. In some ways, its not much different than watching lovers on screen. It's all fake, but they make it look so real and possible.

Rism
Community Member
6 years ago

All these photos are more colorful than my life

andrea
Community Member
6 years ago

when you watch the video you will get it

Lorien
Community Member
6 years ago

I loved the one where she was in the laundromat. The woman sitting down was peeking over her mag looking at her strangely!!

GoCatGo
Community Member
7 years ago

I was fortunate enough to see your show–and hear your talk–in Longmont, Colorado. Brilliant!

ZeniSetiawati
Community Member
7 years ago

creative..

ChuriChan
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome! Love her expression and the style of her photos :D

JohnMorrison
Community Member
7 years ago

sad. cold. lonely.

JohnFinch
Community Member
7 years ago

Every one of these pictures is a work of art in themselves, the use of colours is amazing, and each one makes a poignant life statement.

ItzyStrange
Community Member
7 years ago

These are amazing! I cannot get over how much I loved them.

CherlynR
Community Member
7 years ago

I saw your work before years ago! Thanks for sharing and giving the big o' middle finger to labels women are given in society.

ClaudiaRotter
Community Member
7 years ago

These are absolutely fantastic!

DeertBahg
Community Member
7 years ago

wtf this lady needs help wow more barbies for this sick bitch

AliciaAraya
Community Member
7 years ago

a fun parody of ordinary facebook narcissism and the general culture of one upmanship and exhibitionism

SamanthaEli
Community Member
7 years ago

So. Freaking. Awesome. Nice job!

VincentRacicot
Community Member
7 years ago

Disturbing and yet fascinating. Talented, for sure!

Maria_P
Community Member
7 years ago

Genial. These photos remind me of many others of "Holy Happy Families", with the same empty eyes (and their owners were not mannequins...)

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

Lets be honest, how many 'singles' out there haven't 'made-up' a partner to go shopping, movies, have coffee with?

HaynyDiaz
Community Member
7 years ago

I love how people assume she spends her life with those mannequins... are you stupid or what?

HaynyDiaz
Community Member
7 years ago

I love how people assume she spends her life with those mannequins.. are you stupid or what?..

BetsyArcher
Community Member
7 years ago

I love her creativity and sense of humor! Suzanne is brilliant!

mariewalshe
Community Member
7 years ago

i just glanced your comments,, get over yourselves, the pictures are wonderfull and fun, how stuffy can you be

RaymundFuntalba
Community Member
7 years ago

Why is her husband and their have no emotions? o_O

NargesSh
Community Member
7 years ago

Her husband and daughter are always gloomy!

skyeberg
Community Member
7 years ago

I adore this work! Let's hope it gets published in a big coffee table book...

AnjezaDoko
Community Member
7 years ago

wow! I laugh and I got scared at the same time. Very Impressing!

RickAndresen
Community Member
7 years ago

I am thinking Twilight Zone. Nice job.

NoneofYourBusiness
Community Member
7 years ago

Is it any wonder why there are so many single mothers out there? This is the result of the modern feminist man-hatred. Glad I found a wife.

Random32
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to feel bad but this is too funny!

frank0ys
Community Member
7 years ago

Amusingly weird. :)

AlexanderLoibnegger
Community Member
7 years ago

so sad ... so lonely ... so touching

guess
Community Member
7 years ago

How is she sad and lonely? She's saying that she finds happiness in independence. Who are you to say that there's only one way to be happy?

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SaamAmerat
Community Member
7 years ago

:)

Arjan
Community Member
7 years ago

Proving a point like that might prove that you are a little nuts. Looking at the dates, I think its 4 years, not 14!!!

Community Member
7 years ago

Started in 2000. Did a few shots each year or so. Copyright dates do not reflect year the image was taken, but registered w copyright office

Load More Replies...
Fernandito
Community Member
7 years ago

This women is GENIAL.

SandyCurtis
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't really understand. Does she?

PeterLedoux
Community Member
7 years ago

Did anyone else notice the grooms side of the family was mannequins and her side was people? Sorry I jump to a conclusion about this woman.

cindik
Community Member
7 years ago

I love Suzanne's work--beautiful, hilarious and insightful!

CommentaryFortytwo
Community Member
7 years ago

The wedding pictures are priceless. Love that the Groom's family are all mannikins!

KimChiNguyễn
Community Member
7 years ago

Love her smileee. And this is a brilliant idea and amazing art work. However, I find it a bit creepy in several shots, esp the Xmas shopping

ArmineIskenderian
Community Member
7 years ago

Its beautiful and it really speaks to me.

AmandaJohnson
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome work .. amazingly talented. Just to see some of the judgment passed behind you in your photos are crazy !

selket
Community Member
7 years ago

The photos are funny and perfectly done, but nothing more. Great fun, but I don't feel the message.

alodis
Community Member
7 years ago

I think I saw her on A&E!

alodis
Community Member
7 years ago

Seems like a lot of work!

Visible
Community Member
7 years ago

love the audaciousNess over your work. Fabulous

Victorbanana
Community Member
7 years ago

i don't want to be an asshole, but this lady has no life, no offense

Maria_P
Community Member
7 years ago

Are you sure you know how IS her real life? Really?

Load More Replies...
Victorbanana
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't want to be an asshole but this lady has no life, no offense

Victorbanana
Community Member
7 years ago

also everyone must think she has a mind problem

Load More Replies...
AlexanderLoibnegger
Community Member
7 years ago

So sad ... so lonely ... so touching

lemonhead
Community Member
7 years ago

if she continues to lug those mannequins around, she will never find her true love...that is living. it is good work but she can do better

CommentaryFortytwo
Community Member
7 years ago

You are exactly the kind of person she is protesting against.

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