Wallpaper, used as early as 200 B.C, has been a medium typically reserved to the background. It has moved through all social classes, from palaces to homes.
Due to its extensive history, it has fallen in and out of popularity. Most notably in the Victorian era when toxic pigments like arsenic were used, causing hysteria and death, and in the early 1900s when it became dirty, insect and mould ridden. Many famous people have commented on wallpaper such as Oscar Wilde on his deathbed and it was also a contributing factor in the death of Napoleon.
Because of these factors, wallpaper helps us understand the attitudes and values of it's day.
Inspired by the story of the same name and one of the first feminist text to come from America, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, my yellow wallpaper questions the impact of in-considered environments on mental and physical health. The toxic plants, insects and mould makes us question our immediate surroundings, are they not all that they seem?
The video is a hyper-visualisation of hallucination caused by prolonged exposure to the wallpaper and declining health.
It features a three colour lino print of toxic flowers; foxgloves and belladonna, as well as omens of death in the form of cicadas, cockroaches lilies, yew and skulls made from bathroom mould.
Glimpses of the Yellow Wallpaper - Teaser Trailer
Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUWyIzL4W9Y
Installation in situ
Bathroom Mould Wallpaper
Wallpaper made from Dulwich Woods leaves and moss