Cells – Louise Bourgeois
Probably one of the most influential artist in the 20s century, Louise Bourgeois create this Cells series in the Guggenheim museum.
Created over a span of twenty years, the Cells are intensely psychological microcosms: situated within various enclosures, each is a multi-faceted collection of sculptural forms arranged to evoke an atmosphere of emotional resonance.
Many are small enclosures into which the viewer is prompted to peer inward at arrangements of symbolic objects; others are small rooms into which the viewer is invited to enter. In the cell pieces, Bourgeois uses earlier sculptural forms, found objects as well as personal items that carried strong personal emotional charge for the artist.
The cells enclose psychological and intellectual states, primarily feelings of fear and pain. Bourgeois stated that the Cells represent “different types of pain; physical, emotional and psychological, mental and intellectual… Each Cell deals with a fear. Fear is pain… Each Cell deals with the pleasure of the voyeur, the thrill of looking and being looked at.
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