October 13 - October 24 1999
In ATTAGIRL Christchurch artist Nicola Jackson uses the
bed as a symbolic starting point to make observations about childhood.
Much more than just a piece of furniture, in this work the bed
is a site of contradictions, occupying an arbitrary space between
waking and sleeping where a child can be alternately rested, displayed,
amused, nursed, and disciplined.
By installed different sized quilted beds in the gallery, and
changing the scale of each bed, Jackson represents different stages
in a child's physical and psychological development. From the
cot or cradle, one of the most potent symbols of infancy in the
popular imagination, to the Queen size, each of these beds provokes
a different series of questions about the complexities of childhood.