Collector III was devised as a series of six framed works positioned around a floor piece based on the Ardebil Carpet in the V&A. Examining the currency of domestic interiors behind amateur photographs of readers’ wives and the folly of topiary, they aimed to convey the moment in The Yellow Wallpaper when the main protagonist and writer becomes one with the wallpaper, nature turned graphic. Using designs by William Morris & Co, Iris follows a repeat pattern using copies of the same hardcore magazine, with two layers of artwork separated and sandwiched by glass and additional layers of floral and bird elements on top. The form has been literally and figuratively cut away while allowing the pattern to grow 'naturally’ around it. ” ...more
" The colour is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide - plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard-of contradictions. "
" There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down."
" I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness. Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, un-blinking eyes are everywhere. There is one place where the two breadths didn’t match and the eyes go all up and down the line, one a little higher than the other. "
" Looked at in one way each breadth stands alone, the bloated curves and flourishes - a kind of "debased Romanesque" with delirium tremens - go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity. "
" Sometimes there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over. "
" It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw - not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. "
" Then I peeled off all the paper I could reach standing on the floor. It sticks horribly and the pattern just enjoys it! All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision! "