rebecca's bagged place: a plastic wrapped flat by iain baxter& rebecca's bagged place: a plastic wrapped flat by iain baxter&
aug 28, 2013

rebecca's bagged place: a plastic wrapped flat by iain baxter&

rebeccas bagged place: a plastic wrapped flat by iain baxter&
image courtesy of raven row © marcus j. leith



rebecca levy lived in the apartment directly above the raven row gallery in london. when she passed away, the contents of her flat were donated to the gallery, leaving behind intimate possessions and furniture pieces, which narrate her adventures and experiences.


canadian contemporary artist iain baxter& utilized the abandoned space for his work ‘rebecca’s bagged place’. permitted by the gallery to use the location, which typically remains inaccessible to the public, the artist wrapped each object and surface — from the patterned wallpaper, to faux flower arrangements and refrigerator magnets — in sheets of transparent plastic, preserving the items and their distinct arrangement before levy passed away. the haunting results chronicle the inhabitants life and eternalize her memory through the protective medium. the work is a variation on the theme — baxter& reconfigured his piece from 1966, ‘bagged place’, in which he carefully bagged every element in a four room apartment, including a toilet and a television, in cellophane sheets.



image courtesy of raven row © marcus j. leith



image courtesy of raven row © marcus j. leith



image courtesy little histories



image courtesy little histories

  • Crime scene ?

    Trish says:
  • People used to do this with their living room furniture and car interiors when I was a kid.
    There is a scene in a novel, Wild in the Streets about a charismatic teen who convinces his Dad to remove the covers his wife put on the family furniture . . .

    Gordon says:
  • Oh my goodness.
    Did she do this all herself?

    Ron Smith says:
  • Like a scene from Dexter !

    Flinton says:

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