Rock and Rose Bed (The Bed You Make is the Bed You Lie In)

Judy Darragh1989 - 1996

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland, New Zealand

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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.’

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  • Title: Rock and Rose Bed (The Bed You Make is the Bed You Lie In)
  • Creator: Judy Darragh
  • Date Created: 1989 - 1996
  • Physical Dimensions: w920 x h1080 x d1800 mm (entire)
  • Artist biography: Judy Darragh was born in Christchurch in 1957. Her art came to prominence in New Zealand in the 1980s. In an era renowned for its consumption, Darragh’s work challenged the increasing commercialisation of art practice. Defying good taste, she used deliberately low-cost ‘junk’ materials. Her feminist stance reminds us that it was still radical in the late 1980s to combine experimental art practice with the domestic arena and vice versa. She lives and works in Auckland.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Denis Cohn and Bil Vernon, and the artist, 1996, reconstructed with funds provided by Auckland Art Gallery, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: plastic and polystyrene

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