Give or Take // Louise Bourgeois

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I visited the Tate Modern recently to view Louise Bourgeois’ work, the first artist to be presented in the new gallery dedicated to ARTISTS ROOMS. Bourgeois suffered from anxiety and insomnia for many years and making art became a form of therapy, much like my own. ‘Give or Take,’ a bronze sculpture with a silver nitrate patina was displayed alongside many of her smaller pieces of work. The two disembodied hands appear to show two opposing gestures: the open hand has a sense of giving whereas the closed hand appears to be withdrawn from human contact. This could be referring to contradictory feelings and desires, something that I want to explore within my own artwork by showing the appreciation and hatred of the many things that my hands are capable of.

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rachelannesmyth

A nocturnal twenty-something artist

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