In a back corner of a Royal Street gallery in New Orlean’s French Quarter is a handmade dollhouse, that on first glance, doesn’t seem much like anything. I walked past it at least twice before noticing its inhabitants, and then I stood there for at least fifteen minutes taking it all in.
Artist Chris Roberts-Antieau created a replica model of Truman Capote’s true-crime book, In Cold Blood, detailing the 1959 farmhouse murder of the Clutter family, at the hands of robbers looking for an alleged safe full of cash in the home.
Roberts-Antieau has created a steady balance of cheery and macabre in her works, with the dollhouse being no exception. Her series of Tragic Snowglobes are also bright and sunny, until on further inspection you find the sordid subjects engaged in not-so-squeaky clean behavior.
Should you find yourself ever wandering the streets of the French Quarter, do stop into her Royal Street gallery.