Louise Bourgeois : Broad Strokes

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Art can be seen as something magical to one and it can be made almost out of anything. Six artists from the book Broad Strokes have created artwork to share with the world. These six artists all have something in common, they have all had loved ones that they have lost. Louise Bourgeois was one of these six artists and her mother had died with an illness that had haunted Bourgeois. “When Bourgeois mother died in 1932 (ah, these dead mothers!), she abruptly switched from studying math at the Sorbonne to studying art” (pg 128). Louise Bourgeois has touched hearts with amazing sculptors that she has made. Her sculptures were influenced as a reminder of her mother. She sculpted a spider that now stands in New York city, this spider symbolized a lot of meaning to her, she stated “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” (pg 133). Another artist was Ana Mendieta, she was the only artist that had experienced a lot of abuse growing up and it made a rebel out of her. Mendieta was known for making beautiful sculptors in the landscape, due to her abuse, she no longer had a motherland to turn to. She decided to join with earth to help return to her womb. Mendieta had no relationship with her mother. “Born in Cuba, she came to the United States in 1961 at the age of twelve with her sister Raquelin, fourteen. They had only each other,

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