Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1992, ink on blue paper, 27.9 x 43.2 cm Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1992, ink on blue paper, 27.9 x 43.2 cm

The domestic environment, which takes the shape of a place both of containment and possibility, is the nerve centre of the female artistic experience. The home understood as metaphor for childhood, whose salient events return, reworked, in the research of many women artists as well as the mirror of a femininity that has always been conditioned by socio-historical factors. Louise Bourgeois have made art, taking very different routes and with equally different aims, into a possibility of transcending the stereotyped female condition and its claustrophobic boundaries – commencing with the destructuring of the domestic environment seen as both a physical and a symbolic location.

In Caroline Corbetta, (Self)Portrait of a Lady, exhibition's catalogue, Milan, 2009