- Dale Lafferty - Louise
Louise was composed to convey Louise Bourgeois’ ideals, thoughts and feelings that are evident in her work. The piece reflects her process by repeating it in musical form. For example, employing a single material to produce different textures and effects. In this case a cymbal was bowed instead of hit traditionally with a drum stick while her fascination with spirals was reflected in the piece with a chromatic pattern going round and round to portray her psychological disorders. Her use of weaving was the main theme which begins the piece, two feminine instruments weaving with each other can be heard from the start, though the symbol of man interrupts this with heavy low crashes. This is the heaviness and gravity of steel against lightness and fragility of glass, materials Bourgeois used to define contrasts between man and woman in works such as Poids.