Death of Louise Bourgeois

It’s been some time since Bourgeois’s passing.  As I sit here reflecting on the first time I saw her work, it’s rather difficult to imagine the contemporary art world without her.  She worked on such a grandiose scale but it couldn’t have been any other way.  With her mastery of the human body and a great command for creating organic forms, it’s as if she saw something inside the human body that had yet to be discovered and sculpted it as if she were the surgeon herself.

There’s not much more to say other than Thank you, Ms. Bourgeois.  Thank you for your generosity, your genius and your vision.

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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