In the early stages of their working relationship, printer and publisher Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression, New York, brought Bourgeois two stones covered in black ink, with the hopes of encouraging her to work in lithography. Bourgeois worked on only one stone for this print.
"These shapes 'have managed a little bit of reaching power. Instead of destroying themselves by strangling, or by wanting too much, they have reached over. It is very sweet. It is wishful thinking... it is a morning wish.'" (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 159.)
About the source drawing, 1968: "This is the toi and the moi. You see, the spirals seem to be isolated. They exist only through the fact that they are reaching." (Quote cited in Bourgeois, Louise and Lawrence Rinder. "Louise Bourgeois Drawings and Observations." Berkeley: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive University of California, Berkeley; Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1995, p. 130.)
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