Bed As Autobiography
A Visual Exploration of John Ransom Phillips
Distributed for Clarissa Editions
This book traces our journey from our first bed—the embryonic sac—to our final bed, the casket, through more than 100 of John Ransom Phillips's vibrant paintings. Exploring the beds we know to the ones we can only imagine, historic beds from prior lives and future beds in strangers' bodies through reincarnation, Phillips eloquently captures the essential sensuality of one's relationship to his or her bed. His paintings provide interpretive depictions of different kinds of beds, from the makeshift bed of a car seat to the glistening slope of a bathtub, and explore how the human body fits these beds. Accompanying these arresting full-color reproductions are an introductory essay by Wendy Doniger and an insightful interview with Phillips himself conducted by Ariel Orr Jordan.
All our lives, we return to our beds: those places of privacy, comfort, and containment where we are most fully and honestly ourselves. Bed As Autobiography is a powerful visual investigation into the meaning of beds in daily life and the connections between all the beds we occupy over a life.