This is the most successful of the "studies" which I chose to display in an exhibition along with the machine that performs the 'removal'. (Installation photos available on my website).
"Removal Studies" are a series of videos made using time-lapse photography. These videos are sleep studies that observe the reaction of the unconscious body to the negative stimulus of removing the covers.
The covers are removed by a machine that attaches to the bed and tugs a slight amount off in increments throughout the night. By studying the sleeping body, my aim was to capture something very honest and very animal about human beings. I was interested in this gesture of removal -- and subsequently, exposure -- and how it could function as a larger metaphor.
Technical Note: The imagery is generated by a DSLR camera taking 30 second exposures every two minutes. It was a full moon that night, so it is very bright and seems like day light. Don't be fooled! The footage is truthful.