This is one of 7 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate. They all include extensive hand additions and sometimes partial inking of the plate.
See Evolving Composition Diagram: "My Inner Life (#1)" "My Inner Life (#2)" "My Inner Life (#3): Eugénie Grandet" "My Inner Life (#5)" Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, "The Voice Says Yes" (This composition was originally titled "My Inner Life [#4]") "I Go To Pieces: My Inner Life (#6)" Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away"
About the "My Inner Life" edition: Within the edition, selective wiping is consistent from impression to impression. Two impressions (8/9 and 9/9) have proofing of the "My Inner Life" plate on the verso. There is one known proof impression on the verso of "Elle," seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue.
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.
This series of 3 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
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 panel, gouache is applied like correction fluid to cover unwanted marks.
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