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The Yellow Wallpaper

Iris wallpaper, Tom Gallant, 2012. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

The Yellow Wallpaper exhibition, curated by contemporary artist Tom Gallant, takes us on a journey into the world of storytelling and imagery that has influenced his art practice, and in particular the dress, titled Dress09, made in collaboration with fashion designer Marios Schwab.

The exhibition’s title is taken from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novella The Yellow Wallpaper (1892), which powerfully conveys a claustrophobic world inhabited by a Victorian wife passively imprisoned by her husband. The novella provides a framework for images and influences that relate to Dress 09. Gallant has selected quotes from this story to introduce us to a visual sketchbook of photography, animation, digital art and furniture, culminating in a display of the dress itself: “I want to reveal the hidden narratives and influences that shape my practice and drive my desire to explore meanings in both the personal and cultural. The literal and metaphorical layers in The Yellow Wallpaper have informed my choices as well as the works themselves”.