Être artiste est une garantie pour vos congénères que les dommages de la vie ne feront pas de vous un meurtrier.
Unconscious guilt makes you cruel.
Exorcism is healthy. Cauterization, to burn in order to heal. It’s like pruning the trees. That’s my art. I’m good at it.
I have a total confidence in what I am doing because I have none in what I am. My feminity is eaten up by the rats.
I need my memories. They are my documents. I keep watch over them. They are my privacy and I am intensely jealous of them.
As La Rochefoucauld said, why do you talk so much? What is it that you have to hide? The purpose of words is often to hide things. I want to have total recall and total control of the past. Now what would be the sense in lying? I am suspicious of words. They do not interest me, they do not satisfy me. I suffer from the ways in which words wear themselves out. I am a very concrete woman. The forms are everything.
The spiral is somebody who doesn’t have a frame of reference. The only thing is this hanging, this fragility. The spiral represents control and freedom. An attempt at controlling the chaos.
— Louise Bourgeois, 1911 – 2010