Pattern Repeats

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 social mores of the Victorian era.  The narrator tears the wallpaper in an attempt to release the woman she sees crawling behind the pattern. In these photographs, modern young women are entrapped in a similar gilded cage. But in these images, the protagonists are behind — or encompassed by — the wallpaper. They are engulfed within pattern’s repeats. Some are finding their voices, leaving these domestic walls for the greater world. They struggle to find their voice, envision the future: emerge.