There are few moments when a photograph can change your perception of its medium. I have always been drawn to this image and have always been unsure whether it shows a moment captured or part of a long process, taking in each angle and detail, framing the distortion of the space and removing our ability to pin down scale and orientation. It is a perfect illustration for The Yellow Wallpaper though it was not intended for it. Nick Waplington is someone whose work I have long admired for his ability to shift perspective and medium, leaving one feeling unsettled, and unable to second-guess.” ...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! "
British photographer Nick Waplington was born in 1970 and from an early age was taking pictures of friends, family and everyday life on his grandfather’s housing estate in Nottingham.
He has a knack for capturing compelling images from mundane scenes, much as a good storyteller makes routine observations come to life. His first book, Living Room (1991), presented “ordinary” life in such a vivid and immediate way that he swiftly gained acclaim.
Waplington’s work is conceptual in nature, from Other Edens (1994), where the artist’s body appears in pictures around the world to Safety in Numbers (1997), about E culture. Other works include Learn how to die the easy way, his study for the Venice Biennale 2001 on the limitless freedom of expression potentially available online, and the 2007 exhibition Synesthesia – of found internet photos at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.
His collaboration on a book with Alexander McQueen was ready for publication in 2010 when the fashion designer died. It is due to be published later in 2011.