Beneath the fine silks and woven fabrics that adorn much of the furniture at Temple Newsam, lie layers of unseen materials that provide the upholstered objects with their strength and form. In the Crimson Bedroom, the daybed photographed appears to be unravelling from within, as cotton, jute and linen webbing spill out from underneath. This usually unseen structural support takes on a life of its own and creates its own decorative presence.
The sculpture uses these coarse and humble materials as a metaphor for the house itself. Behind the elaborately furnished rooms, an internal, and often invisible, human machine would keep the building seamlessly working, lugging vast quantities of water, laundry, coal and other goods around the property.