Louise Bourgeois, detail from Cell I, 1991
I admire the work of Louise Bourgeois. I love that she works with the emotions in such a frank way. Nearly every piece she makes refers to some personal trauma or desire, many of them from her childhood experiences. Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, fabric with ink and and fabric collage, 68" x 68", 2006
My current favourite quote by Louise Bourgeois is "The needle is not a pin". By this I think she means that the needle has the capacity to mend things, to join things together in a solid way. Reparation is a common element in the fabric work by Louise Bourgeois, and it is not just material things that are mended, but psychological and phenomenological things as well. Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, tpaestry and stainless steel, 74 " x 32" x 23", 2001
One of my favourite pieces by her is a tower made of tapestry blocks, fragile and tippy, like the old lady she was when she created it. It refers to her childhood experiences of helping her parents repair European tapestries, but it leaps ahead eighty years or so, to be a self-portrait of the artist in her dotage. All done with a needle! Judy Martin Louise Bourgeois: A portrait tapestry fabrics, reverse applique, wrapped clover, 13" x 38" 2010
Louise Bourgeois died at the age of 99 last year. Although early in her career she made sculptures from wood and bronze, at the age of 70 she began to work more and more with her own personal collection of clothing. "Art is the guarantee of sanity" Louise Bourgois.