Louise Bourgeois is famous for her sculptures - the huge spiders, for one. So, it’s so great to see this exhibition of her works on paper. Something different and more intimate.
There is a series of small etchings based on some domestic scenes. I especially love the etching Sewing. A dressmaker working on her machine, with a dress hanging up nearby.
The Bourgeois family were tapestry restorers and Louise would spend time in the atelier. Sewing and the tools of needlework are often seen in her work. She used the needle to look at the issue of ‘reparation’ - the needle to repair and heal what is damaged.
There is also a fabric book Hours of the Day on display - about the slow passing of time, loneliness, memories, waiting.
Image source: Etching: © Louise Bourgeois, Sewing, 1994, Photo: © Tate, London, 2014