The Bed Work

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Household Comfort  © 2004HouseholdComfort.html
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The Bed Story

The more I read about women’s lives being constricted by their clothes, social mores etc. combined with the fact that I have an interest in the history of housework, I became more interested in what was happening to women in their homes.

Because women have always been associated with the home, hearth and all the domestic duties that belong to them, this project is about memories and moments that are attached to specific objects within our homes − specifically beds. In order to create a more intimate experience, these stories are told with the use of doll beds as well as salesman sample beds.


Historically our life cycle begins and ends in the bed, from being born in a bed, and then dying

in one. As children we used the bed as an impromptu trampoline or tent. As we got older, it became the place in which intimacies are shared with significant others. It used to be that all of our life cycles (birth, sickness, death) occurred in our beds, in the family home. In the second half of the 20th century so much of our lives have been taken out of the home and moved to places where we become handled by specialists i.e. the hospital bed or any other specialized institution.

I realize that these things have been shared by both men and women but since women tend to be the primary housekeeper of the home (and for a long time were considered the center of family life), this project focuses on girls/women and their thoughts and stories about their beds.

It is because of these domestic associations, that in order to read these intimate stories the reader
must unmake each bed, pulling back the covers to “turn the pages.” In order to close the work [book],
one must re-make the bed, mimicking the actions of women’s housework that have been done
for centuries.


I am continuing this work using doll beds, but with one finished life-size bed (the tuberculosis cure bed, “I’ve sat and lain in bed for months”), I still would like to create a full-scale project as originally planned. Each life-size bed would be placed in it’s own themed room (i.e. childhood, military, sickness etc.) which would then be displayed inside single large space, with the viewers having the opportunity to unmake and remake all the beds.

Descriptions of these pieces can be found on each individual page.

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It’s Where I am Now  © 2006-7ItsWhereIAmNow.html
Taking to Bed  © 2007TakingtoBed.html
“I’ve sat and lain in bed for months”  © 2008 
  (life-size tuberculosis cure bed)IvesatandlainCureBed.html
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A Very Safe Place  © 2009AVerySafePlace.html
“This is the end of long and tedious journey”  © 2010ThisIstheEndofALongTediousJrny.html
Things Girls Like To Do  © 2010-11Things_Girls_Like_to_Do.html
H.T.W.E. [“...his thanks was enough...”]  © 2013H.T.W.E..html
A Useful Domestic Exercise  © 2007-15AUsefulDomesticExercise.html
The Bronte Bed  © 2015-2016TheBronteBed.html
“... but didn’t sleep much.”  © 2013-17butDidntSleepMuch.html