Website Redux

Here’s the final look of my website, this is the portfolio index. The site still needs lots of tweaking and my portfolio needs to be fleshed out, but it’s a start and I’m rather proud of it. Learning to write html and css (and a bit of java script, which still isn’t functioning properly) was a feat!

The inspiration came from The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A long time ago, the story was the subject of a thesis paper I wrote during my final undergraduate year. The Yellow Wallpaper is practically autobiographical and the expression of real angst about medical practices in Victorian America, particularly treatment of women’s mental health (ie. postpartum depression) in which any kind of creative expression was completely repressed. Gilman was a voice of women’s lib before there was women’s lib — her contemporaries were busy writing texts on domestic economy and how to keep a good house. In short, she tears down a certain wall, covered in an extremely maddening pattern of hideous wallpaper.

I won’t give it away, but it’s a story well worth reading (only a mere 17 pages!)  and I feel that its another compelling example of how medicine and, in this case, historical medical practices inspire the arts.

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One Response to “Website Redux”

  1. bettyscandretti Says:

    I’m so glad to have found your blog! I teach “The Yellow Wallpaper” in a medical humanities course and it really captures readers’ attention–it’s a powerful story.

    Your art is lovely–thanks for sharing it!

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