Changes from state I, by burnishing: lines in two pliers partially removed. Changes from state I, in engraving: thread re-drawn.
"My mother would sit out in the sun and repair a tapestry or a petit point. She really loved it. This sense of reparation is very deep within me. I break everything I touch because I am violent. I destroy my friendships, my love, my children. People would not generally suspect it, but the cruelty is there in the work. I break things because I am afraid and I spend my time repairing. I am a sadist because I am afraid. Yet the reconciliations between people never really stick." (Quote cited in Meyer-Thoss, Christiane. "Louise Bourgeois: Designing for Free Fall." Zurich: Ammann, 1992, p. 187.)
The prints in this portfolio can be shown as a group, or individually.
According to Bourgeois's assistant Jerry Gorovoy, the artist sometimes used pliers to push her threaded needle through the thick fabric of her stuffed sculptures. An example is included in Related Works in Other Mediums below. Gorovoy also noted that Bourgeois may have traced actual tools to create this composition, similiarly to how she traced common household objects to develop the 2006 print series, "Lullaby."
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