Set of 4 corkboard placemats featuring works from Louise Bourgeois's textile archives. Fabric played an important role in Bourgeois's life. She grew up surrounded by the textiles of her parent's tapestry restoration workshop, and from the age of twelve helped the business by drawing in the sections of the missing parts that were to be repaired. A life-long hoarder of clothes and household items such as tablecloths, napkins and bed linen, from the mid-nineties Bourgeois, cut up and re-stitched these, transforming her lived materials into art. Through sewing, she attempted to effect psychological repair:
"I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole."
Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. Although she lived in New York from 1938 and until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in France. Using the body as a primary form, Bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. From poetic drawings to room-size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form in order to exorcise them. Memories, sexuality, love, and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work.
Set of four individual designs
11.4" x 8.5" x .2" (29cm x 21.5cm x 0.5cm)
Heat resistant to 225°F (110°C)
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