House… My room… Can’t walk…
It was the winter I was watching The Knick, an American television drama series created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The series follows Dr. John W. Thackery and the staff at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital (the Knick) in New York during the early twentieth century.
For Christmas, I got the book Crucial Interventions, an illustrated treatise of the principles and practices of nineteenth – century surgery.
Having always been deeply fascinated by medical history, I wanted to recreate some of these images.
This little mouse was born with a lumped foot, and later diagnosed with a fibro -cellular tumour. Her parents had no other choice than lock their shame away in the attic.
The inspiration for this room was partly my grandparents’ little storage room in the attic.
My brothers and cousins and I would go in there and explore when we were kids, the room made us shudder.
All the old clothes and curtains. The shoes, bags, furs, even a fox, and the coats…
Was someone hiding in there?
The music box and the red ball
A Canadian film from 1980 with Robert C. Scott. It is my favorite ghost movie.
It was also my inspiration for the story about this mouse. The sick child in a wheelchair, hidden in the attic.
The music-box is a copy I made of the one that plays an important part in The Changeling.
The red ball is also inspired by this great movie.
Inspiration is something I find in everything. Music, art, nature, travels, history, movies, books…
Creepy, weird, scary, surreal.. if I draw, paint, work on a diorama this is what I always seek, more than anything. Even when I model for photography.