Tamar Stone

[Bed on display at Berman Gallery]

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I’ve sat and lain in bed for months..., 2008

Antique Adirondack wood cure bed, coiled springs. Embroidered vintage textiles, shot bag, sputum cup, Dimensions Variable

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The first of the life size beds. The stories of girls and women who spent their days taking the curing in tuberculosis sanatoriums across America, including Alice James in the late 1880s to Isabel Smith in the mid 1940s.

The stories of 16 year old Evelyn Bellak are told through her diary, whose entries are embroidered throughout the bed coverings as well as images of her diary pages that are printed on the mattress and pillow. Evelyn was at the Ray Brook Sanitarium in Ray Brook, NY.

This piece also includes text from Adirondack Porch Reclining Chair advertisement, as well as using vintage Burnitol sputum cups and a Bullseye Brand shot bag.

Antique Adirondack Reclining Chair (antique wooden cure bed with coiled springs) 23" (W) x 66" (L) x 22" (H) at footboard

This piece was exhibited in the show: Tamar Stone and Christine LoFaso: Women’s Bodies of/as Work, at The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. 2008

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