“I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole.” Louise Bourgeois
5 panel piece, fabric and stitching
18 x 14 inches, per panel
45.7 x 35.6 centimeters, per panel
|One of her better known textile works is a fabric book created in 2004, called Ode â l’Oubli (Ode to Forgetfulness). The book was constructed of fabrics she had collected over a lifetime and it incorporates a variety of textile techniques, including appliqué, embroidery, tufting, rolling quilting, weaving and layering. Read more about it in an excellent article in the New York Times by Amy Newman. More to be seen here.|
|Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1996, Fabric, lace and thread, Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve, and Galerie Hauser& Wirth, © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Peter Bellamy. Resource: here.http://arttattler.com/archivebourgeois.html|
I have included multiple links to those who share what they know of the life and work of Louise Bourgeois for I could not distill such richness after so brief an acquaintance. Even the used copies of books by and about her are fairly pricey on Amazon. How fortunate that my son has ties with an art school library.
Because fabric and sewing have always spoken to me, that is the aspect of her art which felt the most accessible. Also, reading of how in her final 10 years she began to exhibit a lifetime of saved clothing and linens, either in as-is states or reworked into other objects and forms, resonated for me particularly since earlier this month, in the good beginning of a massive de-cluttering, I donated 4 30-gallon bags of clothing, shoes and purses to a local thrift store. I could not, in my 60s, imagine the energy, the vision, necessary to reconfigure them into art. She was in her 80s and 90s when she produced these works.
The past, how it can seem a sentient other that seduces us away from the present, has been very much in my thoughts. Louise Bourgeouis' use of its pieces to create a new whole suggests a variant on that reality.