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Velvet Bed

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Velvet Bed

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Rona Pondick
American, born 1952

Date

1988

Medium

Wood, cast bronze, velvet, polyester stuffing

Accession #

1989.49

Dimensions

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The image of a bed carries many connotations: Sleep, sickness, dreams, sex, comfort, birth, death. In Rona Pondick’s sculpture, velvet pillows evoke the female figure and contrast with the crude cast bronze lump lying on them, which appears phallic or excremental. With this unsettling juxtaposition, Pondick confronts our attitudes toward the basest physical facts of our humanity.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lannan Foundation