Tracey Emin, “My Bed,” 1998
*Trigger warning: depression/suicide*
This work of art shows the artist at her most vulnerable and is extremely effective at showing just how dark this time in her life was.
Emin had just gone through a troubled patch in a relationship and had sunk into a suicidal depression. She did not leave her bed for several days. When she finally overcame this bout with depression, she decided to display the bed itself, in its pitiful state, covered in filthy clothes, condoms, empty bottles of liquor, and cigarettes. She placed it in a gallery and explained its context in her life.
It became immediately controversial, with some claiming she was simply playing the part of a “bad girl” and others decrying it as less than art. Many objected in particular to the bodily fluids included. Emin’s genius has always necessarily been along the thin line between art and confession. She constantly tells the viewer much more about herself than others ever share, particularly about the struggles in her life.
This piece is successful because it shares an experience with the viewer in an incredibly succinct way. Emin’s bed shows us just how low a person can get. The fact that she survived the experience and has had a successful career since has transformed the piece over time. It is no longer a piece which only shows us the face of depression; it gives us hope that one can get out of that bed and lead a fulfilling life.
Video installation (HD) with four monitors and live plants
Living Beings -exhibition, galleri Sinne, Helsinki
Green Art Gallery - Korean artist Jung Lee in Dubai (September 10, 2013 - October 23, 2013), marking her first presentation in the Middle East. Lee Jung was born in 1972 and currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea returning to Korea upon completed her M.A. in Photography from the Royal College of Art, UK. She also received her B.A. with honors in Photography from Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK and a B.A. with honors in Mass Communication & Journalism from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.
Ghost Girl (by Kevin Francis Gray)
man but this photoset ignores some of my favorite things about this piece
it gives it more of a story i think
Every time I see this I must reblog!!
Alessandro dal Pont. Untitled, 1998 - 2010. Snail, string, heliu-filled balloon. Installation view of “Good-bye show”. Galleria Pianissimo, Milan, Italy. Photo: Emanuele Biondi.
One Million Bones DC
Led by artist Naomi Natale as part of the One Million Bones Project, this mass grave assembled at the National Mall in Washington, DC is composed of bones made of paper and plaster, but symbolizes the very real number of people killed in places like Sudan, Germany, and the former Yugoslavi. Each bone created by students and volunteers was matched with $1 sent to CARE, which helps send aid to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
when art and justice intersect.
Wies Prejide - Woven Rooms (2013)
"The installation consists of various hand-woven walls, which together, affects our perspectives in space.
A combination of lines, colors, views and passageways gives the observer the idea of walking through a transparent home. Different color combinations exist in the abstracted, patterned spaces, resulting in a flat image which gives the holographic impression of a three dimensional expansion. The screens render the existing space partitionable, articulating new spaces which provide an illusional as well as a physical subdivision of the room.
The varied vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines coalesce into rooms, windows, and other imaginary environments and passages. The woven fiber-walls also are slightly transparent, thus providing a translucent lens to the other side of the threaded divider. This will make the observer curious and invites him to start moving around in the installation and discover and experience the different color combinations and patterns which make up the space.”
Yamamoto’s works are mostly temporary, intricate, large-scale installations, or, “salt labyrinths”.
"Salt, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, is used in funeral rituals and by sumo wrestlers before matches. It is frequently placed in small piles at the entrance to restaurants and other businesses to ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones.
Yamamoto forged a connection to the substance while mourning the death of his sister at the age of twenty-four from brain cancer, and began to create art out of salt in an effort to preserve his memories of her.
His art radiates an intense beauty and tranquility, but also conveys something ineffable, painful, and endless.”
“Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by; however, what I seek is to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory.”
Sarah Nance: (I missed you) for twenty-nine years, 2012
silk string, evaporated saltwater, light
115.5 x 177.5 x 153 in.
images | ian clark