Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

_Spiral Woman,_ 2002. Drypoint and engraving, with selective wiping, on fabric. Collection Harlan & Weaver, Inc., New York. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. LN2017.758

Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman. 2002

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Spiral Woman, 2002. Drypoint and engraving, with selective wiping, on fabric. Collection Harlan & Weaver, Inc., New York. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. LN2017.758

Deborah Wye: The Spiral Woman incorporates one of Bourgeois’ most well-known abstract motifs. She said the spiral was a way of controlling chaos. But here she combines it with the figurative image of a woman. You can see how she's interpreted this image from a bronze sculpture to a print. In the print, she adds a face and she adds hair. But both are hanging from a string, and that's a sense of precariousness that she feels.

Here you see three states of the evolving image of the Spiral Woman; it reveals how Bourgeois was thinking and developing this imagery. And the final print is placed on an old piece of fabric, which has its own resonance of memory.

Spiral Woman, 2002. Drypoint and engraving, with selective wiping, on fabric. Collection Harlan & Weaver, Inc., New York. © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. LN2017.758
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