This spring, Emilie Taylor is working on-site with Space2Create to make ceramic tiles inspired by the themes and imagery in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. Their work will be displayed in Blackwell’s yellow bedroom from 17 July – 6 September, 2015.
Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper in 1892 after suffering from a nervous breakdown and being prescribed the ‘rest cure.’ Her short story presented a chilling critique of this method of treatment, which barred patients from doing anything creative or intellectual. After writing The Yellow Wallpaper, Gilman “sent a copy to the physician who so nearly drove me mad. He never acknowledged it.” (source: Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper)
The group will be exploring how The Yellow Wallpaper relates to their personal experiences as well as contemporary views surrounding the treatment of mental-illness. They started by visiting Emilie Taylor’s recent exhibition at Blackwell, where they learned about her practice, and found out how she transfers her designs onto pottery. In the past two weeks, they’ve been working with Emilie to develop their own images, which they will transfer onto tiles they’ve rolled out themselves. Stay tuned to see how their work progresses!