Monday, 21 March 2011 02:00
Perhaps Because of the WallpaperBy Maya Lipman
Perhaps Because of the Wallpaper centres on issues of visually representing states of fear and anxiety in women. Having found inspiration in the invention of the spectacle that came to represent hysteria with the birth of photography and psychiatry in the late 19th century, Maya's work explores and questions the difficulty of expressing those psychological states that are still present in us all. While hysteria no longer exists as a named disorder, the states associated with it continue to be documented and diagnosed to this day. Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Victorian short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper, Maya's film deliberately implicates the viewer in the confined space of the yellow room. Seen through their own eyes, the viewer becomes the subject of the piece exploring the narrative of isolation, claustrophobia and anxiety outlined by the character in the book whose so-called rest-cure has ultimately resulted in prolonging and exacerbating her original nervous symptoms.
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