The works in the Evolving Composition Diagram below involve two tall vertical plates, A and B. The plates were printed individually, and side by side in different layouts. The plates printed singly are organized in rows according to which plate is used. The impressions with both plates are organized into 2 versions according to the layout of the plates.
In the first version, the layout shows the leaves pointing out toward the edges of the sheet. In the second version, the layout shows the leaves pointing in toward the center of the sheet. The third version is a multi-panel work with an impression of the first version alongside impressions of plates A and B.
These varying works were issued in 3 separate editions and as unique variants, all listed below and seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram. (For the unique variants, the artist sometimes changed the orientation of the sheet from that seen in the editions.)
Editions: Plates A and B: "Sheaves" First Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1)" Second Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)"
Unique Variants: Plate A: "Differentiate" illustrated book cover Plate A: Untitled, plate 1 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" Plate B: Untitled, plate 7 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" First version: "Ode to Eugénie Grandet" First version: "The Sense of Something Missing" First version: "When I Was Young" Second version: "A Mirror of Me!!!" Second version: "Do Not Cut Me Down!" Third version: Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"
The plates were also printed in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. They all include extensive hand additions, and sometimes only minor areas of the plates were inked. These works can be seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue:
"The Geometry of Pleasure (#3)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#4)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#5)" “The Geometry of Desire (#1)”
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Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
The pagination of this illustrated book was determined by the Louise Bourgeois Studio and the publisher.
The plate dimensions are from the impression of plate A in MoMA's Collection. Dimensions of fabric works often vary slightly due to stretching fluctuations. The dimensions of the book were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Bourgeois's entire text for this volume appears on the pages cited below.
Differentiate the advantage of attacking or withdrawing
Differentiate the forbidden and the hidden
The Tightening Agony withstanding anything today to insure the future hanging in there
Murder or suicide
Sadist or masochist
The ransom of a secret
The talker who is secretive
Le droit or le devoir
I want to be loved for myself. Incognito
I am defined by what is not. I am not white I am not black neither red nor blue nor green nor yellow neither grape nor pear I am a mirror I am there I am there I am not there You want to know I am only your image
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