Wallpapers
Maximum Security, 50 States: Rhode Island
2016
Silkscreen
variable

This wallpaper was adapted from a fragment of a19th century toile pattern that I found on Ebay. I replaced the buildings in the original with images of Howard Prison, now known as the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, RI. Barbed wire festoons, barred windows and weapons were also drawn into the original pattern. Howard Prison was built in the 19th century, a period of prison reform and expansion, as well as a period of expanding material wealth for the growing middle class. Wallpaper was a sign of this wealth, and it was used extensively in home decoration. Toile and other panoramic papers gave viewers a sense of an expansive tranquility. This altered toile highlights the cost of that tranquility, pointing to our current culture of incarceration and referencing the philosopher Jeremy Benthem’s idea of the panopticon as a surveillance device, an all-seeing eye that instills behavior control through paranoia.
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
50 States, RI, detail
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers 5 color screen print with gun powder on coated paper
50 States: Wisconsin
2016
5 color screen print with gun powder on coated paper

A series of wallpapers that amend historic wallpapers with images of US maximum security prisons. Based on a Zuber design.
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers 5 color screen print with gun powder on coated paper
50 States: Wisconsin
2016
5 color screen print with gun powder on coated paper

A series of wallpapers that amend historic wallpapers with images of US maximum security prisons.
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers laminate with Pigment Prints
Security Envelope Wallpaper from a bank notice, with Maximum Security Prints
2016
laminate with Pigment Prints
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
Security Envelope Wallpaper from a bank notice
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers laminate
Security Envelope Wallpaper made from a drawing of the inside of the envelope
laminate
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Security Envelope Wallpaper made from a drawing of the inside of the envelope
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
Security Envelope Wallpaper from a credit card bill
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detail of Security Envelope Wallpaper from a credit card bill

note: bird and envelope design
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Security Envelope Wallpaper with Bird and Envelope Pattern
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
Security Envelope Lightbox and wallpaper with wave pattern
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
Security Envelope Drawing with wallpaper created from drawing
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Laminate of security envelope wallpaper with Bank Statement
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Security Envelope Wallpaper with rainbow pattern from Apartment 2B Installation
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Flocked security envelope patterned wallpaper
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers
Wallpaper pattern from Places I have lived series, using cut maps
Elizabeth Duffy Wallpapers

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