Reference to Modern Art History

Reference to Modern Art History; Louise Bourgeouis

Born into a middle-class home in Paris, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2008) assisted in the family business of tapestry restoration from an early age. Perhaps this repairing of damaged figures was formative for the young Bourgeouis, for her future art would oscillate between suggestions of damage and reparation. In her own account this ambivalence was focused on her philanderer father, who installed a mistress in his household and disrupted his family. – Art Since 1900 by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and David Joselit, Page 544-548


‘This is it! That’s it!’

Using a broad variety of media, Bourgeois’s key elements for her practises was her own personal experiences, starting from her difficult childhood and the birth of her children, to her emotional problems with personal relationships. Renowned for its highly personal thematic content, her work involves unconscious, sexual desire, and the body. Through the use of abstract form, Bourgeois’s oeuvre embodies a wide range of media and subjects, much of which led to the artistic styles of feminist art, and installation art. She also influenced numerous artists, such as the renowned Tracey Emin, who’s work is a soft echo of Bourgeois’s. I chose to refer to Bourgeois as the attitude I am aiming to give in this work, is a soft reflection to Bourgeois’s attitude in her raw emotional works. ‘Writing things down-in diaries, on the backs of drawings, and on countless sheets of paper- served the same function for Louise Bourgeois as making a sculpture did; both were used to harness her unpredictable emotions and give them a form outside herself.’[1] Bourgeois used art as a therapeutic process, which I also feel a strong connection too. I aim to include embroidery in my piece, Bourgeois ‘long associated the act of sewing with repairing on a symbolic level’[2], I feel a great amount of empathy to her on this subject. Taking on board the many influences she gives in her powerful work, I aim to create a piece inherited from her raw and emotional style.

[1] MoMA – Louise Bourgeois – Words

[2] MoMA – Louise Bourgeois – Fabric Works


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