Washington, DC—A mock bedroom draws viewers
into the world of the insomniac. The neatly made bed looks welcoming, but
it is too flimsy to sleep on. Assembled from cardboard boxes, with sheets
and bed skirt fashioned from plastic garbage bags and newspapers, the bed
testifies to its creator's fragile nights.
A quilt lays bare the loneliness and longing that stalk the wakeful
artist, or perhaps merely her fictive alter-ego. Bonnie Lee Holland stitched
together clippings from newspapers she perused on sleepless nights—a
patchwork of advertisements for dating services, cruise ships, and liposuction,
and articles on relationships, aging, and weight loss. A nightstand rests
on a stack of romance novels, its top displaying a game of chance, with a
single male figure at its center .
Lamberg L. Insomniac Artists Explore Night's Terrain. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2200-2201. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2200