The Unmade Bed, an ongoing project which began in 2005, explores what is left behind when one leaves his or her bed upon waking. It is an anthropological, yet emotive, approach to the environmental portrait. The bed itself, a highly charged personal object/space, is positioned somewhere between the sacred and the mundane. It can be a haven of safety, quiet, leisure, and passion, or the scene of violence, loss, and anguish. Bedrooms are among our most personal spaces—places that are often masked from public view—and our activities there are often quickly erased.
The images may inadvertently reveal the decisions, tastes, and habits of the bed’s owner, much like a portrait may reveal the tastes and personality of the sitter. These images, however, have a more private, ambiguous nature and leave the viewer with the perception of a lingering presence. This may lead the viewer to create a narrative based on the mark of the owner—to make assumptions about the people and activities that had once inhabited this space. Consequently, these banal spaces become the object of a somewhat voyeuristic gaze; the private becomes public, the commonplace exotic.