louise bourgois | fabric art collages
November 2019 | I have always been an admirer of the fabric art collages of Louise Bourgeois. Here I selected a few from the work; Ode à L’Oubli, 2002. Currently to see in the exhibition: To Unravel a Torment at Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands.
Fabric book Ode à l’oubli. In 2002, at the beginning of her 90th decade, Bourgeois constructed the book’s linen binding and pages out of 60-year-old, monogrammed hand towels from her 1938 wedding.Then, working from one page to the next for six months, Bourgeois cut, arranged, and stitched her own used clothing and textiles to form 32 fabric collages. Fragmented and reconfigured, these personal artifacts conspire to be remembered as forgotten.
In the pictures you can see the buttonholes with which the fabric collages are tied together.