Original Creative Work - Visual Art Work

Her Keys

Kate Just

Bendigo Art Gallery | Published : 2018

Abstract

The publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, marked a turning point in literature, art and society, sparking a keen interest in dark, psychological narratives with a focus on a heightened emotional state. By the early nineteenth century Gothic literature had become commonplace and had particular appeal to middle and upper class women as both writers and readers. These thrilling stories undoubtedly offered an escape from the sheltered and dull lives dictated for them by society. These ideals were manifested through art and society and Gothic Beautytakes inspiration from the earliest incarnations; traversing the physical embodiment through an exploration of the regiment..

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