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I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands...

The work of Louise Bourgeois is expansive and endlessly interesting. Her use of typography and the graphic qualities of her art draw many parallels to design.  And yet, her work is so intensely personal and intimate that it is often psychoanalyzed by viewers and critics. There is almost an obsessiveness to the way she returns to the same imagery, over and over—spiders, fabric and femininity.

  Dawn , Fabric portfolio with 12 fabric collages, 2006.

Dawn, Fabric portfolio with 12 fabric collages, 2006.

  Repairs in the Sky , no. 3 of 9, from the series,  What Is the Shape of This Problem?,  Letterpress and Lithograph, 1999.

Repairs in the Sky, no. 3 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?, Letterpress and Lithograph, 1999.

I came from a family of repairers. The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.
— Louise Bourgeois
  I have been to hell and back , embroidered handkerchief, 1996.

I have been to hell and back, embroidered handkerchief, 1996.

I do not need the musing of the philosophers to tell me what I am doing. It would be more interesting to let me know why I am doing it.
— Louise Bourgeois
  I Had a Flashback of Something that Never Existed , no. 18 of 34, from the illustrated book,  Ode à l'Oubli,  2002.

I Had a Flashback of Something that Never Existed, no. 18 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli, 2002.

  To Unravel a Torment You Must Begin Somewhere , no. 8 of 9, from the series,  What Is the Shape of This Problem?,  Letterpress and lithograph, 1999.

To Unravel a Torment You Must Begin Somewhere, no. 8 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?, Letterpress and lithograph, 1999.

Her art was the invention that kept her going; and death was the only thing that finally stopped her from making art.
— Karen Kedmey, from How to Be an Artist, According to Louise Bourgeois
  Untitled , Woven fabric, 2005.

Untitled, Woven fabric, 2005.

(Title quote: Louise Bourgeois)

Alexandra Bajew