María Elínardóttir (IS): The Good Wife Guide

The photo series The Good Wife Guide is based on an article published in 1955 talking about the basic rules each good wife should adhere to: 1. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before. 2. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. 3. Be happy to see him. 4. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. 5. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. 6. Catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. 7. Encourage the children to be quiet. 8. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. 9. You have no right to question him. 10. A good wife always knows her place. These guidelines were given to married women and their reactions served as the basis for the images. Thus an outdated concept is transformed to the modern housewives perspective.


María Elínardóttir is an Icelandic artist born in Reykjavík. For the past seven years her works have bridged together everything from documentary to social illustration using the medium of photography and literature. After graduating with BcA of photography from FAMU in Prague, 2013 she is currently working on completing her Masters degree of photography in 2015.