Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented - which is what fear and anxiety do to a person - into something whole.

— Louise Bourgeois

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The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. . . 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.


In my sculpture, it's not an image I am seeking, it's not an idea.

My goal is to re-live a past emotion. My art is an exorcism, and beauty is something I never talk about.


When I was growing up, all the women in my house were using needles.

I've always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair damage. It's a claim to forgiveness. It is never aggressive, it's not a pin.


I have been to hell and back, and let me tell you, it was wonderful.


I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands.


I came from a family of repairers. The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn't get mad. She weaves and repairs it.


Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.


An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.


I am a searcher... I always was... and I still am... searching for the missing piece.


The feminists took me as a role model, as a mother.

It bothers me. I am not interested in being a mother. I am still a girl trying to understand myself.


Horizontality is a desire to give up, to sleep.

Verticality is an attempt to escape. Hanging and floating are states of ambivalence.


Every day you have to abandon your past or accept it and then, if you cannot accept it, you become a sculptor.


About Louise Bourgeois

Quotes 64 sayings
Profession Artist
Birthday December 25, 1911

It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.


My mother was a restorer, she repaired broken things.

I don't do that. I destroy things. I cannot go the straight line. I must destroy, rebuild, destroy again. My rhythm is not the same. My mother moved in a straight line: I go from one extreme to the other.


Don't get the green disease of envy. Don't be fooled by success and money. Don't let anything come between you and your work.


I do not need the musing of the philosophers to tell me what I am doing.

It would be more interesting to let me know why I am doing it.


My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.


My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others.


I have kept a diary as long as I can remember, and drawings are really another kind of diary.


You must put the essence of what you want to say into a painting.

The rest is arbitrary. Chosen with discernment, but chosen, and choice involves elimination.


Everywhere in the modern world there is neglect, the need to be recognized, which is not satisfied. Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern.


If you flatter me, or if you look at me the right way, I will kill myself to please you. It's very painful to be an overachiever.


Art is a guarantee of sanity.


The twentieth-century artist who uses symbols is alienated because the system of symbols is a private one. After you have dealt with the symbols you are still private, you are still lonely, because you are not sure anyone will understand it except yourself. The ransom of privacy is that you are alone.


Sometimes it is necessary to make a confrontation-and I like that.


I like Francis Bacon best, because Francis Bacon has terrific problems, and he knows that he is not going to solve them, but he knows also that he can escape from day to day and stay alive, and he does that because his work gives him a kick.


What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach. This is a painful situation, and modern art is about this painful situation of having no absolutely definite way of expressing yourself.


If you are resentful, you keep the thing alive.

So the way to go on is to get rid of it, in order to forgive in order to forget.


Once I was beset by anxiety but I pushed the fear away by studying the sky, determining when the moon would come out and where the sun would appear in the morning.


At the dinner table when I was very little, I would hear people bickering.

.. To escape the bickering, I started modelling the soft bread with my fingers. With the dough of the French bread %u2013 sometimes it was still warm %u2013 I would make little figures. And I would line them up on the table and this was really my first sculpture.


Look at it this way - a totem pole is just a decorated tree. My work is a confessional.


My life has been regulated by insomnia.


Everyone should have the right to marry.

To make a commitment to love someone forever is a beautiful thing.


Surrealism is anathema for me. Because the surrealists made a joke of everything. And I consider life a tragedy.


I have drawn my whole life. My parents were in the tapestry restoration business, and as a young girl, I would draw in the missing parts of the tapestry that needed to be re-woven. My ability to draw made me indispensable to my parents.


The spider is an animal who eats mosquitoes.

That's why I love the spider - it is the only way we have to deal with these insects.


I dont watch TV. I dont use a computer, a fax or a cellphone.


I am a lonely runner, but I am a long-distance runner.


I was a runaway girl from France who married an American and moved to New York City. Im not sure I would have continued as an artist had I remained in Paris because of the family setup.


I was raised a Catholic. But I am not religious. In my work, I am interested in real flesh and blood.


Artists are born not made. There's nothing you can do for them.


It is a great privilege to be able to work with, and I suppose work off, my feelings through sculpture.


I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned.

The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole.


One must accept the fact that others don’t see what you do.


My knives are like a tongue - I love, I do not love, I hate.

If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack. I am a double-edged knife.


To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.


The subject of pain is the business I am in - to give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.


Clothing is . . . an exercise in memory. It makes me explore the past: how did I feel when I wore that. They are like signposts in the search for the past.


I work like a bee and feel that I accomplish little.

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