This gallery was inspired by Zoe Strauss’ “Mattress Flip” – where vivacious children re-appropriate a stack of dilapidated mattresses into a trampoline – transforming this macabre urban landscape into their joyful playground.
Starting with the intended purpose of a mattress – which is to serve as rejuvenating space to rest the body – the following images investigate the transformative nature of this object and the spaces that it creates.
Shared communal space.
A Staging Ground.
Shared Intimate Space.
The Space Below.
Sleep | This fundamental function of a mattress is to provide a comfortable place to sleep.
Work | Fully equipped with a typewriter and files strewn over its surface, the mattress now becomes an office. If it weren’t for the wide angle of this shot revealing the ruffled comforter, the nightstand, the half naked doll and other bedroom oddities, the viewer would be none the wiser.
Birth | As the mother caresses her newborn, heads drawn together and her eyes closed, the viewer can’t help but feel the immense joy emanating from her soul. The mattress not only provides a platform for conception, but also offers a space for children to be brought into this world.
Death | From cradle to grave, the mattress serves as a space to care for one another.
Sex | We fulfill our primal needs here.
Protest | The mattress – in this circumstance – creates a space for social justice.
Entertainment | The mattress can transform into a space for both voyeurism and exhibitionism.
A Staging Ground | The mattress subsequently becomes a staging ground not just for the mundane daily events that occur in our lives, but also the momentous ones – such as the wedding day depicted here.
Shared Intimate Space & Shared communal space | The intended occupancy of the mattress was either single or double. Economic hardships resulted in this family living in a one-room apartment, therefore breaking the traditional confines of this intimate space – and altering it into a shared, communal one.
The Space Below | Due to the elevated nature of the mattresses, you will find empty space below. This can be a space used for storage or simply to hide.