silver gelatin print
40 x 30 in.
This work is partly inspired by a short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). It is a vivid, partly autobiographical tale of clinical depression and the struggle for selfhood. The story is told by means of a journal, which the narrator secretly keeps against the orders of her physician-husband who believes that writing contributes to her nervous condition, Hysteria. Forbidden to write and think she becomes increasingly dysfunctional. She obsesses about the yellow wallpaper, in which she sees frightful patterns and an imprisoned female figure trying to emerge. The narrator finally escapes from her controlling husband and the intolerable confines of her existence by a final descent into insanity.
“Veil” exhibits confinement and the thin line that separate normal and abnormal, insanity.
© Wanrudee Buranakorn