LOUISE is part of a collaborative project with Thea Yabut that was sparked by an image of Louise Bourgeois in her studio.
Who are we (with) in the studio? Who is Bourgeois looking at as she turns from her drawing?
Our body of work together begins from the shared fascination with holding her gaze, and continues by filling some of the spaces in between. It builds on our common interests in women’s studio practices, representation, craft, pattern, chance, and difference, to reveal a series of tactile and cognitive meetings. Through drawing games, mirroring, and repetition, we come to “know with,” revealing the meaning of the Latin verb cognosco or cognition as a mode of inquiry that enables us to move towards one another, and closer towards the figures in feminist art history with whom we share formal, material, and conceptual lineage. In “knowing with” each other, a third space is created. Pattern Hut is an informal research institute for feminist drawing games.