I Think We Have Everything Under Control
Female hysteria was once a common medical diagnosis for women. It is no longer recognized by medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for hundreds of years in Western Europe. In Western medicine hysteria was considered both common and chronic among women
I wanted to create a big scene, with many characters and a lot of drama.
Having recently watched The Knick, I was inspired by the hospitals and the uniforms of the time. And I visioned an hysterical woman being dragged out of the house by a couple of orderlies.
I Think We Have Everything Under Control was completed in 2017.
Making the floor
The tiled floor is a made out of pieces of cardboard, then coated with several layers of varnish.
Making the straightjacket
Wetplates by Julie Loen
When I decided this hall needed a huge dramatic painting, my choice was to recreate The Battle of Navarino by Reinagle, 1828.
I used acrylic paint on cardboard, 21×24 cm.
Sculpted, or made from little bits and pieces.
Sculpted and painted after old maps.
The Coats of Arms
These are sculpted in polymer clay, then painted in patterns that are a combination of various original Coats of Arms I found doing research.
The bronze-like one (last image) is one I made originally, but I felt the room needed something more colorful and dynamic, to create a better balance, so I replaced it with those three new ones.