Mother's Day reminds me of the giant spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. It's called Maman (the French word for "Mama"), a symbol of the artist's mother who worked as a weaver repairing tapestries and protected her as the closest family, just like mothers of you and me.
Maman is the largest sculpture in her artworks of spider series. The original steel one of 1999 was displayed in the Tate Modern, London. I viewed two of its bronze casts on permanent display, one is at The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain, another next to Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. The last one in my post is a smaller sculpture I saw in the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Maman fiercely protected the marble eggs held within her abdomen, with her vulnerable fine legs. Does this look like a mother to you? Especially so in the artist's case, since she had a troubled childhood when her father had a long open affair with her nanny, while her mother had to endure it and passed away when Louise Bourgeois was 21.
According to Louise Bourgeois:
“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.”
图文 by Donica
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