A SMALL exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s work is showing at the Freud Museum in Hampstead, London. I’d never heard of Bourgeois or seen her work before but was attracted to this exhibition after reading a review in a weekend newspaper. Her sculptures are located all around the Freud Museum as well as in the rear garden. But what is of additional interest are Bourgeois’s writings which refer to her own analysis over a 30 year period.
In her essay, ‘Freud’s Toys’, Bourgeois writes that “to be an artist involves some suffering” and her work and writings at the exhibition reflect this suffering. They also show how she used writing as a form of therapy – she wrote to work through her emotional problems. I was genuinely surprised by the rawness and sheer honesty of her confessionals:
“I have failed as a wife.
As a woman.
As a mother.
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