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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper is a gothic short story written in 1892 by American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The story and it's vivid, lurid descriptions of the wallpaper had always left an imprint in my mind having studied the book at school. The story follows the thoughts of a young woman confined to a room and surrounded by a yellow wallpaper of which she becomes fascinated with.

I chose to explore some key themes of entrapment, paranoia and decay seen in the story. I created a simple, 3d room, collaged from pieces of my own illustrations and constructed a few key objects of the story. I used lighting as a tool along with a single window to emphasise the confinement of the protagonist: basing my images in this one small room to add to this.

The photographic images represent the story through the protagonist's eyes and depict different angles and views of the room and what her daily life consists of. They vary from close up shots of the wallpaper showing her fascination with it, to shots which are further away, showing lone objects and symbolising her loneliness.

The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper