Yellow Wallpaper Installation, 1990, Alice Hotel, 14th and Alice Street, Oakland, California. Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, first published in 1892. Also referenced: Gilman's 1935 autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
"This wallpaper has a kind of sub-pattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then." p.8
"The color is repellent, almost revolting: a smoldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight." p.5
"It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house - to reach the smell. But now I am used to it. The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell." p.15
"I really have discovered something... The front pattern does move - and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over." p.15
Yellow Wallpaper installation map
"On February 6th we moved (Dora, Katharine and I) to 1258 Webster Street, taking three furnished rooms... On the eighth: 'I take Katharine to her first school, Miss Wyman, on Alice Street a lovely girl, the teacher, just a pleasant little home school, Kate likes it.'" - The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gillman, 1935, pg. 137