Louise Bourgeois Maman Analysis

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The above spider-like massive sculpture is known as Maman and has been made by French American painter, engraver and sculptor Louise Bourgeois in the year 1999 as part of the inaugural commission of The Unilever Series (2000), in the Turbine Hall at London’s Tate Modern Museum. Bourgeois was born in 1911 and grew up in Paris. Her career expands through the later 1990’s.Her work is a public display of her fears and emotions that she went through in her later childhood. She has often produced sexual explicit subject matter and interest in 3 dimensional forms that was not very common among the many female artist of her time period. Her work is known to follow themes such as the unconscious, sexual desire and the body. She has transformed her personal experiences into a highly…show more content…
The viewer not only experiences the structure but also experiences the environment around it. The viewer’s thoughts are activated by the surrounding environment. Every individual responds differently to Maman and they are left astonished as to how they reacted to this metal structure. Some people experience foreboding, fearful and deadly thoughts of their past while others feel safe and enriched. Robert Morgan, a critic, in one of his writings comments that although the symbol of a spider is threatening but there is a certain mystery and humor behind it. He also states that Bourgeois dares to present very deep deadly fears from her past in a new context. Now one wonders as to why the artist would choose such a scary creature to represent the love of a mother. She states that her mother was her best friend and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing. Reasonable, subtle, neat, indispensable and as useful as a

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