Louise Bourgeois' Insomnia Drawings series, created in the liminal night-time space between sleeping and waking, are permeated with tracings and marginalia, doodles and fractured sentences.
They are fascinating ruminations, so much so that they were the focus of a 2014 Fruitmarket Gallery show. It's a delight to have the reproductions in the show's exhibition catalogue to ponder over.
The selection of pages included is wonderfully diverse - sketches of staggering musical notes spill across one page, sketched figures lie beneath mountains on another and scrawled sentences pour across others.
We're particularly drawn to and transfixed by the enigmatic, dreamlike snippets of writing ranging across the drawings (Bourgeois writes largely in French but often flips to English).
In these scribbled notes, Bourgeois transcribes her dreams:
'Robert & I are in bed. We are floating on the floating mattress - I smile to myself and touch him to see if he does float - turning my head to look at him I discover that he does float lightly...'
'Metaphor for uncontrollable sleep is running or stagnating water.'
Makes list upon list:
'I am unable to make you understand what: I mean, I want, I expect, I fear, I plan, I do not want to say.'
And pins down snatches of her inner monologue:
'Nobody can take my style, it is not possible, at least for long. Do not fret.'
These remind us of our own thoughts when we can't sleep, but somehow they are so much better.