Louise Bourgeois - Cell (You Better Grow Up), 1993 (From the late 80s for about twenty years Louise Bourgeois would create sixty seminal architectural installations which she named “Cells”. In 1980 at the age of 69 Louise Bourgeois moved from her tiny home studio in Manhattan to her first large and solo studio in Brooklyn. This drastic upgrade was the catalyst that lead the artist to start producing larger-than-life artworks. And while physically moving into a larger space, thematically she also moved deeper into a new space, her interior, her psychological space. The "Cells" are spaces where she analysed her pain, memory, anxiety, the fear of abandonment, as a cathartic process. But they can be more than that. “When I began building the "Cells" I wanted to create my own architecture, and not depend on the museum space,” said the artist in 1998, so in a way the Cells are museums themselves. "The 'Cells' represent different types of pain: the physical, the emotional and psychological, and the mental and intellectual. When does the emotional become physical When does the physical become emotional” Bourgeois’s "Cells" much like the rest of her work, were purely autobiographical.) #art #artdaily #artlover #contemporaryart #louisebourgeois #installation #cell #space #studio #90s #pain #memory #autobiographical #nyc #munich #kunst #body #largescale #room #feminist #psychoanalysis #physical #emotions #media #material #research #archive #arensbergarchive @haus_der_kunst
Day 17 of my #21daysinmyartworld challenge.
Unfortunately I only have this 1 photo of this work...printed...not even a digital copy anymore..
I painted this about 5years ago, and it still counts as my largest painting to date. Measuring 2.8m in length and 1.7m in height. Besides being the biggest, this was also the most complex painting I had to do. 15 people on 1 canvas, and I was given no less than a 100 photos of the people, all seperate, in different settings and lighting. So I had to choose from those photos the most suitable and try and combine them all to create a seemingly '1 shot photo' family portrait. Had to change the lighting on some, to create a unifying light source...size comparisons was a nightmare...to get each person's size relative to the 1 next to them and as a whole to the painting...colour relations..had to work through all the photos to compare how light affected each skin tone and the 'best look' for each individual. All in all this was just a major difficult painting for me. Especially since I didn't want to use Photoshop in this piece, I wanted to test and push myself and see what I was able to come up with. The planning stage took me just about 3weeks and the actual painting of the piece 3 months, whilst teaching full time. I was pleased with the outcome back then. Still proud of it, but just glad that we do get better with time though.
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