“There’s this resurgence of very idealized domestic life,” she says of the sociopolitical aspect to her work. A Women’s Studies minor while at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Larusso’s work challenges the parallel between the popular homemaking blogs of today and the perfect depictions of American housewives in vintage media.
“We have a curated existence on social media; it’s still edited and you’re not showing the real stuff,” Larusso said. Many of her pieces depict faultless and generic images from domestic life all can relate to. These images include vibrant depictions of sinks full of dirty dishes, traditional house fronts, and clothing hanging from a clothesline.
“Women are now doing the same things as they did in the past but for different reasons. They identify as liberals but they are also growing their own food and knitting and homeschooling their children, all while having their own careers,” Larusso said. “Instead of doing it for victory or helping the war effort like women did during WWII they are doing it for themselves.”
Larusso uses a unique layering procedure to create the crisp lines in her work. This process consists of drawing out layers, taping around them and painting on each color individually after priming with a matte medium. This priming effect prevents paint from bleeding over into other color sections.