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Avenza belongs to a group of sculptures that Bourgeois made in the late 1960s that are characterised by clustered bulges emerging from drapery, and which evoke organic forms, especially pre-natal forms. Bourgeois has written of these works: ‘They are anthropomorphic and they are landscapes also. Our own body could be considered, from a topographical point-of-view, a land with mounds and valleys and caves and holes.’ The title refers to an area of Carrara in Italy, where Bourgeois worked briefly in the late 1960s.

November 2005