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Points of Reference

Erin Morrison : Louise Bourgeois

by Julian Lombardi

8 months ago


Points of Reference

Erin Morrison : Louise Bourgeois

by Julian Lombardi

8 months ago


In "Smoke in Eye," the critical essay by Serena Caffrey featured in The Contemporary Art Digest: Erin Morrison, we discuss a brooch Erin received as a hand-me-down from her grandmother, Rose. The brooch features the silhouettes of four heads, and references Rose's four sons. In Morrison's Head Game, Fortune's Fool, and Six Heads, Morrison borrows the design from the brooch in her large plaster reliefs. Reflecting on a recent trip to Crystal Bridges, the artist brings up Louise Bourgeois' wood assemblages, noting that "Bourgeois would make reference to her children through her work, especially her totemic wooden assemblages, where she would have three components clinging to one large, symbolizing her three sons" She goes on to say "even though it's not always explicitly defined, women have a way of encoding their work with their family." Read more about how Erin's work references her own family in The Contemporary Art Digest: Erin Morrison, coming spring 2019.

 

See the work Erin mentions here: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/81955