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


Ingvild Eiring talks about “I Think We Have Everything Under Control”:

Wetplate by Julie Loen


Photo by Aksel Jermstad

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 painting

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.


As it looks in the diorama


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.


Source: www.workhouses.org.uk


The Knick



Sculpted, or made from little bits and pieces.

The Globe.

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.

Work in progress