Repose

2008   Mixed-media sculpture
5 1/2 (L) x 4 (W) x 5 1/2 ft. (H)

In the late summer of 2008 I was commissioned by representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association to create a specific work for their national conference on depression being held in Halifax.  They were aware of my past battles with this disease and were looking for something particularly authentic to display.  This work was my response.

A twin bed was built from scratch and a human silhouette carved out of the mattress and box-spring.  I worked with a model in my studio to create a light weight wax cast of the back half of her body.  The cast was then wrapped in a white bed sheet and suspended through the silhouette in the mattress/box-spring with a second identical sheet draped over top.  It appeared to the average viewer that someone, or something, had fallen through and become cocooned beneath the bed.

This work was installed in the front lobby of the Hotel/Convention Center where the conference was held.