This is an image I drew whilst queuing up for ‘I Redo’, one of the three steel towers Louise Bourgeois created for Tate Modern’s opening exhibition in 2000. A spiral staircase coiled around a central column, leading to a platform surrounded by circular mirrors. The towers were both intimate and spectacular, exploring themes of childhood and family then opening out into multiple views of the newly refurbished turbine hall.
I’ve always admired Louise Bourgeois for the way she followed her own path, working in an unusually wide range of materials - wood and stone to latex and rubber - pursuing personal ideas, often inspired by her childhood. The continuity of her work over such a long stretch reminds me that the detail of a messy, vulnerable, domestic life is what endures after the ‘big’ ideas have played themselves out.