Bedbound combines text and image in this work displaying an insight into the everyday rituals between me and my partner. It is not only a documentation of my own psyche but it is also a window for and others to look upon and reflect on their own situations. My intention is to trigger past memories in audiences to reveal a shared vulnerability and to create discussion around our connections to people and place and how our pasts have shaped us into who we have become.
Bedbound’s simple display on the gallery’s exterior plays against this idea of private work, as it’s accessible and relatable to all who interact. The paradox of personal expression within a public context is attractive in that it forgrounds not only the aesthetic power of art but also its offering of a momment of repose and quiet contemplation. Both pieces suggest something sensory and almost tangible for the viewer. Considering the infinite details of our lives that we subconsciously repeat day in and day out. The physical patterns of our own routines are imprinted on objects and our loved ones. This daily cycle is represented in each work: the text describes vulnerable moments as we lay in bed, while the image depicts a figure exiting the shower suggesting a new day. Although this work displays themes of intimacy, it is not sexualised; the description of touches and positions that convey an almost foetal form is deliberate as my aim is to highlight ideas of fragility and physical dependency.