This unique illustrated book of 15 pages is comprised of drawn compositions and hand-written text. Each drawn composition was executed on a different sheet of paper and then mounted to a larger sheet that is standard throughout the book.
Although it contains no printed elements, "Sublimation" can be considered an experimental book, with sequential images and narrative text. It was created with Benjamin Shiff, director of Osiris.
For presentation, the sheets of this book have been framed and installed sequentially.
The pagination of this illustrated book was determined by the Louise Bourgeois Studio and the publisher.
The paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person.
Bourgeois's entire text for this illustrated book appears on the panels cited below.
No. 1: a symbolic act that took place many years ago in a supposedly healthy environment. You could see that in the family environment, things are supposed to be healthy, but they are usually very very upsetting.
No. 2: It was a foundry and I was simply a visitor there.
and there was silence. there was silence, the silence of a workshop where people are concentrating on what they are doing
No. 3: and suddenly there was a clash of voices.
No. 4: it was the voice of a woman a woman who attacked her husband with a violence that made you instantly and suddenly perceive chaos you see, the chaos brought about by people who fight
No. 5: seen from the point of view of a child. a child of 12 or 14, he was on vacation from school
and you could see suddenly the change of expression on his face, the expression of terror the terror of perceiving chaos, as I said.
No. 6: and the parents went on fighting like cats and dogs. awful, awful, awful nobody could do anything about it they have to run their course. you know, parents fighting. they have to fight
No. 7: and of course, the child did not die, he did not die. he did not scream. he did not let go of his body function. he did not disintegrate
No. 8: he kept alive and he went over to the closet and brought back a broom and he started cleaning at that point something broke inside of me and I started crying and you know, I never cry something broke inside
No. 9: it was the controlling of chaos by one of us
No. 10: this child was 14 and he was pretty strong and I am not 14 any more I still sometimes feel that chaos surging up on me and it is very difficult to control
No. 11: at that point you operate a symbolic action. and in my case you begin to work on the sculpture
No. 12: the symbolic action can take many many forms. Some people will become perfectionists in whatever they are doing or they can write they can write a story or they can work on the house
No. 13: there are many symbolic actions of course, the different qualities are everything.
No. 14: we are talking about sublimation and the gift of sublimation
No. 15: I feel that if we are able to sublimate, in any way we do, that we should feel thankful. I cannot talk about any other profession, but the artist is blessed with this power.
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