Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #12 — Still Life of Junk

Still Life of Junk

Would this qualify for an installation in an art gallery? I was just thinking back to 1999, when Tracy Emin’s “My Bed” was exhibited in Tate Britain after being shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

15 thoughts on “Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #12 — Still Life of Junk”

    1. When I first saw that “my bed” had been shortlisted for the Turner Prize, I had such a rant. It made me so angry.

      In the mid-sixties, my mother submitted one of her paintings to the Royal Academy for consideration. It was a brilliant painting of a black family playing a ball game with a white family on a beach. I often wonder if the painting was rejected only because it didn’t suit the political and social agenda of the time, which, of course, was the opposite of what it is now!

      Therefore, I suspect that Tracy Emin’s bed was nominated for such a prestigious prize because it had sociological and political relevance.


      1. Sure – as my son says, when what he means is “hell, no” heh heh. seems to me that was right around the time that our own Art Gallery in Ottawa exhibited a huge painting – a canvas painted red. yep, red, period. the outrage was huge but of course it was just because, we the public, didn’t understand art! aargh. There is so much politics that goes on in the art world, it’s disgusting.

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