Artwork of the Day: Maman by Louise Bourgeois (1999)

Maman is a sculpture by French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which resembles a female spider, is over 30 feet high, with a sac containing pure white marble eggs. Maman (meaning mother) depicts the protectiveness as well as the fragility of motherhood. It has several casts and is displayed at various places around the World including London, Paris, Washington DC, Tokyo, NYC among others.

Bourgeois explains, “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.”

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