Alec Nevala-Lee

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The mouse and the bee

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Louise Bourgeois

An artist’s words are always to be taken cautiously. The finished work is often a stranger to, and sometimes very much at odds with, what the artist felt, or wished to express when he began. At best the artist does what he can rather than what he wants to do. After the battle is over and the damage faced up to, the result may be surprisingly dull—but sometimes it is surprisingly interesting. The mountain brought forth a mouse, but the bee will create a miracle of beauty and order. Asked to enlighten us on their creative process, both would be embarrassed, and probably uninterested. The artist who discusses the so-called meaning of his work is usually describing a literary side issue. The core of his original impulse is to be found, if at all, in the work itself.

Just the same, the artist must say what he feels.

Louise Bourgeois, in Design Quarterly

Written by nevalalee

August 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

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