Proof before the editioning of state VIII on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in engraving: composition further delineated and reinforced overall. Changes from state I in drypoint: umbilical cord added.
"Umbilical Cord" relates to a monumental installation for the inaugural exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2000. The installation consisted of "Maman," a 30' steel sculpture of a spider, and "I Do, I Undo, I Redo," three steel towers ranging in height from 42' to 57'. Each tower contained a different sculpture of a mother and child inside a bell jar. The sculpture in the tower titled, "I Redo," featured a mother and child attached by an umbilical cord. Bourgeois also made another related print called "Do Not Abandon Me," 2000, which includes a similar mother and child.
MoMA's Conservation Department examined this impression under a microscope and determined that the composition is primarily delineated in engraving, with heavy inking. Some drypoint lines seem evident in various places, particularly in the umbilical cord.
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