An installation for the four poster bed at Newark Park commissioned by The Open West 2013. Newark Park has a spectacular setting overlooking the Gloucestershire countryside, and made me think of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Land of Counterpane”, describing how, when a child, he made an imaginary landscape on his bed.
Rather than his armies and soldiers, my landscape has spoon ladies sailing with swans whilst a dog overseas the removal of eggs to be taken to the queen of the pillow. With the exception of the dog (made from wasp nest fragments, to give him a slightly scary aspect), and the found abandoned nests, and blown duck and quail eggs, all the structures are made from bed linen. The spoons and swans are a reference to the ceramic swans and decorative spoons in the collection at Newark.
I subsequently made a concertina book of this story from conjoined playing cards, to echo the playful element of the piece. This is in an edition of four, using hand painted and collaged images.