In 2000, Louise Bourgeois made soft fabric versions of her stacked wooden sculptures of the 1950s and the 1980s. Untitled (Love), 2000 is a sensual sculpture, produced in a bold red color, suggesting the color associated with love. The individual parts are sewn together suggesting scars left after various love affairs. Heavily influenced by Surrealism, Bourgeois has made sensual and emotionally laden works since the 1950s.
Indeed, there has always been a suggestion of sexual connotation in the work of the artist. At times Bourgeois is completely fascinated by female shapes, as her forms suggest curvaceous forms and sensual breasts. Yet, quickly the imagery merges. The breasts become phallic, both male and female, active and passive. The artist's approach to sexuality is open and natural, as she illustrates both the dominant and vulnerable side of sexuality in a public forum.
"Louise Bourgeois" by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff and Allan Schwartzman, Phaidon London 2003
Installation view, Louise Bourgeois, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, 2001-02 Courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery