12 August 2010

Ode To Forgetfullness



One thing led to another, and there I was at the Museum of Modern Art, entranced in front of a wall of fabric panels, pages from a book by Louise Bourgeois. A book! A fabric book! And by Louise Bourgeois - the spider lady! Made from bits and pieces of her clothes, her linens, the embroidered napkins she received as wedding presents. Each panel with a line of button-holes along the left margin, where straps thread through to bind the pages of the book.

It's silly to walk into MoMA and say "I can do that" - because I can't. But quilting, incorporating bits of this dress and that shirt into a new object, isn't far off. Bourgeois put together her fabric scraps into a textured, sculptural, graphic book - I can capture my memories otherly. But the book? That book inspired lust.




If you'd like to see more pictures of it, the Peter Blum gallery has a slideshow of all the pages - and as you click through, you see the facing page, i.e. the back of the preceding page, where the stitching shows through. A blog post by Joanne Mattera has some other photos, including details of the binding edge.

11 comments:

AnnetteK said...

LOVE this. I went to a quilt exhibit at Shelburne Farms in Vermont this spring and I was astounded at what beautiful and meaningful things people can do/think of. Thanks for sharing this. :)

Harriet M. Welsch said...

I adore Louise Bourgeois. I would love to see this exhibit.

de said...

Inspiring! One thing I am looking forward to over vacation next week is trolling the art galleries.

n said...

ooh, that IS cool.
If you do it please post pictures?

and here's a link to the site of an co-worker who began (with ZERO experience) to make space quilts!
http://jimmymcbride.com/section/20609.html

so anything is possible:)

Lady M said...

I loved that one too! I took my photo from the other angle, but that's one of the three pictures I took at MoMa.

Janet said...

how were they hung?

Gina said...

When will OI ever learn not to click any link that says "spider?" Even fake spiders creep me out!

FreshHell said...

Cool! Dusty and I saw a number of her scary spidery pieces in DC last year. I think she recently died.

FreshHell said...

Cool! Dusty and I saw a number of her scary spidery pieces in DC last year. I think she recently died.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That is fantastic.

Peculiar Whimsy said...

Ohhhh. I must go see this!