NYU Black Renaissance Noire Winter 2014 - Page 135

kk Religious Melancholia, 2012 (from Hysteria part of show) Acrylic and digital photographs on fabric on board 63 x 32 inches l Suicidal Melancholia, 2012, (from Hysteria part of show) Acrylic and digital photographs on fabric on board 48 x 32 inches In summary, the installation will display paintings, wallpaper, dioramas and academic papers, to illustrate the different expressions of female madness in 19th Century Gothic literature. 133 The portraits are painted in a 19th Century colonial style on gesso-covered patterned fabric, and are collaged with circular, color photographs of staged, miniature, bizarre scenes. These photos illustrate the women’s altered realities, hallucinations and visions. The miniature dioramas are encased in glass and depict the various insane imaginings of the female characters. Portraits of the mad women also appear inside hollowed-out, aged books, referencing literature and creating an athenaeum-like ambiance. The original, macabre wall paper in the installation references the novella, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, where the heroine’s descent into madness is manifested by the hallucinations that she sees in her room’s wallpaper. To add to the “study” atmosphere, there will be a display of academic papers written by Jennifer Doyle (professor of 19th Century Literature at UC Riverside), Tavia Nyong’o (19th Century scholar and professor at nyu) and Sola Agustsson (Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley). BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE p The Yellow Wallpaper, nameless heroine, 2012 (written by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman) Acrylic and digital photographs on fabric on board 40 x 30 inches