This post is an homage to the wonderful Lousie Bourgeois,
who died on May 31st at the age of 98.
Ode à ma Mère, 1995
"The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver.
My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop.
Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes.
We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted.
So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother."
Crouching Spider, 2003, bronze.
Spider, 2003, stainless steel and fabric. From Tate Modern's 2007-8 retrospective.
The rest of this week is going to be spidery, so arachnophobia sufferers beware!