Pattern Repeats

(new collage series, in progress)


These photographs are inspired by the short story The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the story, published in 1892, the protagonist sees a woman trapped inside her bedroom wallpaper, and the wallpaper becomes a metaphor for the restrictive patriarchy of the Victorian era.  

In these images, I want the wallpaper to represent an idealized version of home. Paper itself is fragile and ephemeral by nature, but its placement and patterns can consume a room. The wallpaper here seduces with its domestic beauty, and distracts us from the world outside the home. In this way, it attempts to restrain the girls as they emerge from interior spaces into a tumultuous and dangerous place beyond. I see tension between the girls and the wallpaper, as one attempts to usurp the other. This also parallels with the current political landscape — as the silent majority awakens from the comfort of dormancy, recent events force it to transform. Weekend housework is traded for marches in the streets. Activism by default.