The text in the first edition of this composition, entitled "I Did Everything I Could Every Day of My Life I," is larger than in the second edition. An example from each edition is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
Sheet dimensions throughout the edition vary slightly because of hemming and stretching fluctuations.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version I: composition reduced in size.
The text in this composition comes from Bourgeois's voluminous writings—in her diaries, on loose sheets, or on the verso of drawings. The specific source and date of this text are not known.
During the early 2000s, Bourgeois worked with SOLO Impression on the editioned version of "Ode à l'oubli," a book of fabric collages and two lithographed text pages. The phrases on those text pages came from her writings. Inspired by that collaboration, Bourgeois created several individual printed fabric works with lithographed texts.
The impression inscription is not documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The impression number was provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
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