The 12 collage elements that comprise this clock are derived from the editioned work, "Les Étoiles," 2009. The stars in "Les Étoiles" were enlarged digitally and incorporated in the work seen here, as well as in "You are My Polar Star," "The Long Night," and "Polar Star," all completed in 2009. See Related Works in the Catalogue below.
This fabric collage is one of eight unique fabric clock works Bourgeois made, all in 2009, which incorporate various compositions printed on fabric. The other seven are included in Related Works in the Catalogue below.
According to the Louise Bourgeois Studio, "Self Portrait," 2009 is the first such work Bourgeois made (see the sixth work in Related Works in the Catalogue below).
The overall fabric sheet that serves as the support for the work seen here is a bed sheet.
The 12 impressions incorporated in this fabric collage are printed on individual fabric sheets and stitched onto the overall fabric sheet. The clock's movable hands---wooden figures---are secured to the work at its center point. The clock's numbers are stitched in red thread.
The overall fabric sheet has very light staining as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces.
This work is not in MoMA’s Collection and could not be catalogued in person.
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