Louise Bourgeois. I Am Afraid. 2009

Louise Bourgeois I Am Afraid 2009

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I am afraid of silence
I am afraid of the dark
I am afraid to fall down
I am afraid of insomnia
I am afraid of emptiness

Is something missing?
Yes, something is missing and always will be missing
The experience of emptiness

To miss
What are you missing?
I am imperfect but I am lacking nothing
Maybe something is missing but I do not know and therefore do not suffer

Empty stomach empty house empty bottle
The falling into a vacuum signals the abandonment of the mother

Publication excerpt from Louise Bourgeois, I Am Afraid, 2009.
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Woven fabric
sheet: 44 5/16 x 72 5/8" (112.5 x 184.5 cm)
Carolina Nitsch Editions, New York
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"No. AP 2/3" upper left sheet verso, black ink, unknown hand.
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