panel (a): Soft ground etching, with hand additions panel (b): Pencil and mixed media panel (c): Soft ground etching, with hand additions panel (d): Pencil and mixed media panel (e): Soft ground etching, with hand additions panel (f): Pencil
panel (a): "Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil. panel (c): "Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil. panel (e): "LB" lower right comp., pencil. panel (f): "LB" lower right sheet, pencil.
panel (b): "But I want / to talk about / magic / understanding and intimacy / acceptance and happiness / the eyes of innocent children / a ray of hope" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand. panel (d): " I saw my / father / the circles / some candies / I am / happy to / remember" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand. panel (f): "I want / to talk / about / magic / memory / happiness / acceptance" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Matrices: This 6-panel composition is made up of 3 plates that were issued as separate editions or used for other compositions. They are noted below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.
panel (a): plate from "Let My Children Come"
panel (c): plate from "The Pacifiers"
panel (e): plate from Untitled (2008)
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 hand additions and paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from an impression in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
On the text panels (b) and (d), hand additions are applied like correction fluid to cover unwanted marks.
Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.
No. 1: Defensive in the face of love The Recreating of the past does not pay the fear of being disappointed wounded or abandonned [sic] the inability to heal or forgive
No. 2: I trust you I am going to tell you my pain the past the fear of being
No. 3: But I want to talk about magic understanding and intimacy acceptance and happiness the eyes of innocent children a ray of hope I saw my father the circles some candies I am happy to remember I want to talk about magic memory happiness acceptance
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