American, born 1911, France
Spider, 1996, cast 1997
bronze with silver nitrate patina
Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 1997.136.1
Since 1984 Louise Bourgeois has been developing a body of work with the spider as protagonist. For the artist, whose work has explored themes of childhood memory and loss, the spider carries associations of a maternal figure. Indeed, Bourgeois' "Spider" series relates to her own mother who died when the artist was twenty-one. From drawings to large-scale installations, Bourgeois' spiders appear as looming and powerful protectresses, yet are nurturing, delicate, and vulnerable.
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