My Bed // Tracey Emin // Box frame, mattress, linens, pillows & various objects // 1998
I’m not sure about you but my bed definitely doesn’t look like this one. This bed is a work by YBA artist Tracey Emin. Recently on display at Tate Britain, My Bed, is quite disheveled with scattered objects including shoes, Absolute Vodka, Orangina, a razor and tissues to name a few. The installation provides viewers a glimpse into someone’s personal space. We do not know who the person is but we are able to imagine a story about him or her based upon the items sprawled over the bed and floor.
Forms Without Life // Damien Hirst // 1991 // Fiberboard cabinet, melamine, wood, steel, glass & sea shells
Six shelves containing beautiful sea shells comprise Damien Hirst’s “Forms Without Life” located at Tate Britain. The sea shells seem to invite you to come up closely and look, but you can’t touch as they rest behind class. The enclosed case harks back to the pre-cursors of museums, the cabinets of curiosity, which were intended to showcase unique and rare objects from all over the world in the same room or cabinet. Hirst’s work does so as well. Where are these sea shells from? Did Damien Hirst find them or did he buy them? We don’t know. All we know is that these sea shells create a relaxing environment, similar to a lazy afternoon on the sand.