With a twist to the old painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood, DarksideStudios LA partnered up with local Los Angeles designer Jessica Faulkner to create an editorial that both comments on and illustrates the change in gender roles and traditional views on family that we are experiencing in our time.
“American Gothic follows a young married woman through her short-lived escape from the ordered life that she has with her husband and two children in a Los Angeles suburb to pursue a life she always secretly wanted in a hip downtown environment. She initiates an affair with a young, rough-looking man, and finds a glimpse of freedom from the drudgery and monotony of her life.
The location in West Hollywood is the home of an architect who has spent years collecting original art and furniture to decorate his home. The uniquely modern home effectively updates the standard mid-century look, bringing the story of a classic “Stepford Wife” to our time, helping to redefine traditional gender roles.” – Peter Nylund/ DarksideStudiosLA
Photographer: Peter Nylund @ DarksideStudiosLA
Assistant: Jessica Johnson
Designer/Stylist: Jessica Faulkner
Lead Hair and Makeup: Kylie Plato
Models: Tatiana Hilton, Antoine Debnicki, and Cole Seigal