Louise Bourgeois is interested in the profound role family plays in development and sees her works as a form of therapy, a place to deal with traumas and fears. Bourgeois portrays spiders as clever, dainty and protective— which is why her mother was her inspiration for Spider.
Louise Bourgeois. Spider, 1997. Bronze, 94 x 96 x 84 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Louise Bourgeois.