Weaver of webs Louise Borgeois
Last week I wrote about French-born American Abstract expressionist sculptor Louise Bourgeois and featured her Mamam in my post about the Tate Modern. She is very well-known for her gigantic spiders:_
The Spider is an ode to my mother,” Louise Bourgeois once said. “She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver… Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences… spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.”
Sadly, Bourgeois died at the age of 98 on Monday. I find it amazing that this tiny woman was so prolific and still working at nearly 100 years of age! She was born in Paris in 1911 to tapestry restorers and when she later moved to New York, she found the art scene was totally dominated by men. Her husband was critic Robert Goldwater.
Hers was a passionate personality, she was filled with darkness, outrage and anger over her father’s affair with her governess. She translated these emotions into her art. Bourgeois became famous and popular when she was in her 70’s when she had her first major exhibition.
Her work is not to everyone’s taste, and some have found it disturbing, but I find it dark interesting with many layers. Through her work she translates childhood trauma and sexuality. Her art is always linked with the past and very emotional. In this short film she says that her emotions are inappropriate to her size – that they are her ‘demons’. Her demons have turned out to be her lifetimes work and she has made a major contribution to sculpture as a media.
There is a lovely obituary in the Telegraph
There is a lovely article about her here and many videos about her work on YouTube