Textiles and sewing filled the artist’s childhood. Her parents restored and repaired tapestries, and Bourgeois frequently helped in their atelier. For her, sewing was not only an act of reconstruction, but a way of working through troubling family issues. (She famously cited her father’s infidelity as one source of childhood trauma.) Embracing her family’s craft, she channeled her emotions into this series of small, blue heads. To make them, she started from the inside and worked her way out, first constructing an inner core and then layering onto it pieces of fabric, which she sewed and modeled into expressive faces. Her rough stitching, loose threads, and puckered edges emphasize the patched-together nature of these heads and suggest the fissures and healing that characterize human relationships, as well as the fragmented self. In some cases, the heads dangle from the ceilings of cages or sit inside claustrophobic glass boxes.