ART 5480: Photography Workshop
Digital Inkjet Prints; 23″ x 15″
There will be 12 in the series
“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” – Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar was published in 1963 and written by the American poet Sylvia Plath. For this series of work, I use The Bell Jar as a map of female expectation, mental illness, and growth; themes that have had constant relevance in my own life. I focus on young women going through a similar metamorphosis as I, and often similar pains. Each photo is inspired by a different quote from the novel that I portrayed not as an illustration but as a visualization of what that quote means to me and how I relate. As a result, this series works as a link between Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiography, my experiences, and countless other young women’s stories.
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. Harper Collins, 1971.