Louise Bourgeois – Scissors – 1994

Scissors is part of a portfolio of fourteen dry point etchings by Louise Bourgeois, collectively titled “Autobiographical Series.” A version of a drawing (untitled), that represents the umbilical cord that ties the little one to the big one.

The scissors are symbolic – emotional repair and restoration. Autobiographical as she comes from a family of tapestry restorers.

There is a strong element of nostalgia in her work, based on memory and to an extent and recounting her early years.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bourgeois-scissors-p77686

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