Friday, April 6, 2012

Considering Making a Bed


(Source: Google images, source unknown)
I wondered how I would respond to the trees' staining on the bed sheets. Could I make a bed? How have other artists used beds?

Bed linen enveloped in natural biological cycles - repulsive rather than inviting.
(Source: tigeyguz's Flicker photostream)

Stitching the bed. Jane McKeating's book on a double bed is a metaphor for her relationship with the other person who shares her bed, or did share it. 

Tracey Emin's My Bed, 1998-1999, installation, Japan to Tate to The Saatchi Gallery to New York.
Tracey wanted the installation to look as though a bed had been taken out of a bedroom and put in a gallery space.
There are many other artists who have 'made beds' - Patricia Jauch, Frieda Kahlo, Robert Rauschenberg. The problems for me are the bed has for so long been used as a signifier of human relationships and a bed made from tree stained sheets would be associated with the idiom, 'airing one's dirty laundry in public.'
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