Eyes and Mirrors

Louise Bourgeois, 1911
Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) 1989-93
Collection Tate modern, Britain

This is one of several works in which Bourgeois has reassembled doors and windowpanels to form small cells. Morgan described such works as ‘confined spaces, like rooms in prisons or monasteries, places in which inmates consider their past lives.’ The cells have been linked to the claustrophobic, psychologically traumatic atmosphere of Bourgeois’ childhood home, in which her father and governess were having an affair. The cage-like enclosure is dominated by a large marble sculpture resembling a pair of eyes, which suggests themes of surveillance and voyeurism.

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