The Bed’s Above My Head And I’m Tired

The Bed’s Above My Head And I’m Tired, 2011, Reclaimed wood, from mainly Bristol Wood Recycling Project and in and around Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire. 

A tutor likened this and my work generally, during my year at Bath Spa Uni, to the Greek mythological figure, Sisyphus, described as: a figure from Greek mythology who, as king of Corinth, became infamous for his general trickery and twice cheating death. He ultimately got his comeuppance when Zeus dealt him the eternal punishment of forever rolling a boulder up a hill in the depths of Hades.

Make of that what you will! But I think he was referring to an endless endeavour maybe? Not the miserable part of forever doing the same un-accomplishable difficult task, I hope!? Who knows but this was definitely a labour of love, stemming from a dream I had whilst going through a long period of insomnia. I wanted my bed and sleep so badly, but somehow it always seemed to evade me. Creating the bed (literally above my head) and the barrier adding to the fairytale-like imagery in the dream, alongside reading Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy at the same time, led to this large scale installation. Along with L5-6QW I couldn’t have even contemplated both these epic works without the 100% advice, knowledge, skills and support from the incredible Simon Butler at Bath Spa University, I’m sure he was glad to see the back of me! Massive thanks to Tim Davies also, who was there every step of the way too.