Blanket stack

January 2010 / Wimbledon College of Art foyer, London SW19
Blankets, string, plywood, MDF / 375 x 50 x 45 cms

Blanket stack was the outcome of an obsessive plan to assemble one blanket for every place I’d ever slept; to be able to see the extent of my nomadism as a mass. However, the thought of some 460 blankets overwhelmed me. The completeness of a single column from floor to ceiling seemed a more elegant representation of a lifetime of nights.

I enjoyed the combination of abstract formality – the hint of a bar chart, with the poignant physicality of the blankets themselves; their upspoken histories of good and bad nights. I also wanted to show the building being supported by a column of sleep.