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Cat. No. 129

I Am Afraid

State/Variant:
Only state
Date:
2009
Themes:
Fabric Works, Words
Techniques:
Other
Description:
Woven fabric
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet: 44 5/16 x 72 5/8" (112.5 x 184.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, stitched in gray thread.
Publisher:
Carolina Nitsch Editions, New York
Printer:
Dyenamix, New York
Edition:
15; plus 3 A.P.
Impression:
"No. AP 2/3" upper left sheet verso, black ink, unknown hand.
Curatorial Remarks:
Dyenamix, New York, oversaw the fabrication of this work. The weaving was sub-contracted by Dyenamix to Bethanne Knudson, Design Director, The Oriole Mill, Hendersonville, NC.
Other Remarks:
According to Louise Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, Bourgeois specifically wanted this work to have a soft, pillow-like quality. She requested that the object be stuffed to create that effect.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
107.2012
This Work in Other Collections:
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern, London and National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh. Lent by the Artists Rooms Foundation

I Am Afraid
2009

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. I Am Afraid. 2009
Only state
2009

Louise Bourgeois,

I Am Afraid,

2009

I am afraid of silence
I am afraid of the dark
I am afraid to fall down
I am afraid of insomnia
I am afraid of emptiness

Is something missing?
Yes, something is missing and always will be missing
The experience of emptiness

To miss
What are you missing?
Nothing
I am imperfect but I am lacking nothing
Maybe something is missing but I do not know and therefore do not suffer

Empty stomach empty house empty bottle
The falling into a vacuum signals the abandonment of the mother