'Portrait of a Quiet Girl' Examines Themes of Loneliness and Isolation

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Jun 19, 2015
References: chrissiewhite & featureshoot
Photographer Chrissie White's latest series, 'Portrait of a Quiet Girl,' was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's famous short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper.' Gilman's work explores one woman's slow descent into madness after she becomes imprisoned by her husband. To cope with her loneliness and powerlessness, the protagonist becomes increasingly obsessed with her bleak surroundings.

White's subject expresses similar feelings of loneliness and powerlessness in these images. Whether she's precariously dangling out of a window, being ball-gagged with a clementine or sobbing uncontrollably in the kitchen sink, the girl in the photos exposes a raw frailty, desolation, uncertainty, and yes, even madness.

The photos are accompanied by a poignant piece of text that relates the images directly back to Gilman's story: "Hours go past so slowly and a curious behavior exposes itself in the face of solitude. The true nature of our being emerges when absorbed in the comfort of familiarity and home. It is within this space, that we feel compelled to play."