Community Gallery at the Old School.
Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart St, Raglan
What happens between the sheets can be very taboo but Raglan conceptual and confessional artist Élisabeth Denis tells the tale about the relationship people have with their bed in her exhibition Geodynamic Slumbers.
At the Raglan Old School Arts Centre, Élisabeth weaves together the strands of six couples’ bedtime antics for one night only on Saturday 7 August, 6-9pm.
Through the clever intertwining of photographic images of six couples’ beds just as they left it in the morning and interviews conducted by Élisabeth just as they have woken, the exhibition explores the intimate and sometimes ordinary activities each couple undertakes as they take to their beds.
“We talked about sleepless nights, being sick in bed, heavy hearts that are breaking but also trying to love again, waking up in togetherness, sex, books that were read, picking sides, sweet caresses and the things that happens in the intimacy of sharing a bed with somebody.”
Printed on aluminium sheets, the digitally manipulated photographs incorporate interview excerpts in the creases of the couple’s bed.
“The visitors will arrive at a set up that looks like a bedroom and they will be invited to lay on the bed, for them too to leave movements in the sheets. I will take a picture of each participant to portray the passing of everyone who came to the exhibition,” she says.
Geodynamic Slumbers is on at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 7 August, 6-9pm.