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Artist Blog by Jürgen Sobkowiak

The short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman inspired me to create the picture composition of the same name. The story is about a young woman who seeks relaxation in a summer house. As time goes by, however, the room with the yellow wallpaper increasingly frightens her. “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,” said Sir Winston Churchill. I abstract this mutual influence in the composition Die gelbe Tapete. My cocoon is made of old newspapers. I deliberately chose old newspapers (from the 1950s) because contemporary newspapers usually only contain negative news from yesterday and no longer have any meaning. The composition won fourth place in the photo art competition Wort im Bild in 2022 and is also included in the book Wort im Bild - 100 ausgezeichnete Fotografien (Verlag Heyn).

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