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Do not abandon Me
2010. BOURGEOIS, Louise and Tracy EMIN. Do not abandon Me. Illustrated with frontispiece and 16 colour plates. Folio, bound in publisher's beige cloth. New York: Carolina Nitsch, 2010. |~||~||~||~| Do Not Abandon Me, a collaboration between Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin consisting of sixteen intimate works made over two years. These drawings articulate physical drives and feelings, candidly confronting themes of identity, sexuality and the fear of loss and abandonment through joint expression. Do Not Abandon Me originated with Bourgeois, who began the works by painting male and female torsos in profile on paper, mixing red, blue and black gouache pigments with water to create delicate and fluid silhouettes. Bourgeois then passed the images on to Emin, who later confessed: 'I carried the images around the world with me from Australia to France, but I was too scared to touch them'. Emin overlaid Bourgeois's forms with fantasy, drawing smaller figures that engaged with the torsos like Lilliputian lovers, enacting the body's desires and anxieties. In one, a woman kisses an erect phallus; in another, a small fetus-like form protrudes from a swollen belly. In many, Emin's handwriting inscribes the images with a narrative, putting into words the emotions expressed in Bourgeois's vibrant gouaches. Limited edition of 1500 copies.
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