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
Inspired by the TV series The Knick, I wanted to create a scene where a hysterical woman is dragged out of the house by the orderlies. A mouse in a straightjacket… It was something I just had to do.
And I also liked the idea of making a big scene, with many characters and a lot of drama.
Making the floor
The tiled floor is a made out of pieces of cardboard, then coated with several layers of varnish.
Wetplates by Julie Loen
Making the straightjacket
The Battle of Navarino: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Navarino
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.
Research and inspiration
For the outfits for the doctor and the orderlies, I got most of my inspiration from the costumes of The Knick, as well as historical photos of ambulance workers and male nurses.
Sculpted, or made from little bits and pieces.
Sculpted and painted after old maps.
The Roll 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.