Thet Shein Win
When I asked friends if I could go into their bedrooms "for
a sec" to photograph their nightstands for a "little
art project" that I was doing, there would be a short pause,
immediately followed by a slightly anxious, "Uh, sure."
Our bedroom is typically a very personal and intimate space. Its
the place where we experience our most vulnerable statesleep.
And where we perform the ultimate act of creationsex. Its
where we rejuvenate our bodies and our spirits.
Many artists have addressed this intimacy in their work: inviting
visitors into their own beds, allowing web cams to monitor their
bedroom activities, or documenting the identities of others through
I chose to focus on nightstands to see how varied the objects
on top would be. Rather than reveal any unique differences, the
objects that appeared on the nightstands reflected a simple and
straightforward universality. There was almost always some combination
of the following items:
An alarm clock
Some reading material
A bottle of lotion
A glass of water
A box of tissues
Take a look at your own nightstand. Do you find the same items?
Whats implied by our tendency to keep the same objects by