This composition appears on its own and also as part of a diptych and a triptych. It is designated component A to distinguish it from the other plates used in the diptych and the triptych, which are designated component B and component C. (See Evolving Composition Diagram).
In 1989, to help Bourgeois prepare for what would be a major project together, "the puritan," Ben Shiff of Osiris, New York, provided her with test plates on which she made various technical experiments. See Related Works in the Catalogue.
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