Sickbed I – II

Two versions of the same image form the basis of Sickbed I and II: the composition is dominated by a massive bed that almost swallows up the female figure lying in it. The resting figure, a reoccurring motif in Orupabo’s work, references Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah’s concept of rest as a survival strategy in response to traumatic events.
All elements in Orupabo’s digital collage are riddled with unresolved contradictions. The figure in bed could be resting, but on closer inspection she appears to be fixed to the bedframe. The visual elements that make Orupabo’s composition are charged with tension highlighting a crucial element of Armah’s idea: that after rest, awakening must follow. With that in mind, the bed itself could be interpreted as a place of comfort and rest; but its oversized proportions seem almost threatening as something one cannot escape from.

“I made different versions of this image. Manipulated it and made it into a negative. Making the lightest areas appear darkest and the darkest areas appear lightest. Turning the black subject into a white subject.” – Frida Orupabo

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Frida Orupabo

Sickbed II, 2024

Price on request
Print technique
Photogravure on Somerset 300g
Paper size 140.5 x 199.5 cm

The print is constructed from four abutted sheets of paper.

Edition
Edition of 8
Series/Set
Series of 2
Publisher
Published by BORCH Editions
Signed by:
Signed and numbered by the artist
Registration no
ID: FrO 24 002-1

Please note that the editioning is currently in process. For these prints we can advise on the delivery time.

Frida Orupabo

Sickbed I, 2024

Price on request
Print technique
Photogravure on Somerset 410 g
Paper size 162 x 230 cm

The print is constructed from four abutted sheets of paper.

Edition
Edition of 8
Series/Set
Series of 2
Publisher
Published by BORCH Editions
Signed by:
Signed and numbered by the artist
Registration no
ID: FrO 24 001-1

Please note that the editioning is currently in process. For these prints we can advise on the delivery time.

Frida Orupabo

Sickbed I, 2024

Price on request
Print technique
Photogravure on Somerset 410 g
Paper size 162 x 230 cm

The print is constructed from four abutted sheets of paper.

Edition
Edition of 8
Series/Set
Series of 2
Publisher
Published by BORCH Editions
Signed by:
Signed and numbered by the artist
Registration no
ID: FrO 24 001-1

Please note that the editioning is currently in process. For these prints we can advise on the delivery time.

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