Judy Darragh’s installations introduced the politics of ‘homelife’ into the gallery. Rock and Rose Bed was originally commissioned in 1989 for a series on installation practice at Artspace, Auckland. The twin beds, made from fake rocks and roses, toy with popular clichés about marriage – ‘it’s on the rocks’, ‘it’s a bed of roses’.
Darragh's works often exuberantly inhabit the public gallery space. In a 2004 interview she said, ‘The gallery wall is always a smooth, pampered surface which must not distract from the work it supports. I like the surreal qualities of the wall which is pierced or where there is slippage . . . I want to make the wall peel or bleed.’