For Charlotte – aliceevansfineart.co.uk
For Charlotte

This short film For Charlotte is a self portrait against yellow wallpaper. It is titled and created in response to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper. This short story has always been of fascination to me as an early 19th century example of feminist literature. The story shows victorian attitudes to women’s health, both physical and mental. The main character experiences psychosis and describes it through the text as she sees and smells the wallpaper in the room in which she is trapped. “It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper – the smell! … The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell.”