A Friendly Presence

Louise Bourgeois's sculpture, Maman, was installed over the grave of Belgian painter James Ensor's grave, in the churchyard of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinen (Our Lady of the Dunes), at Ostend, in 2006.
Louise Bourgeois’s sculpture, Maman, was installed over the grave of Belgian painter James Ensor’s grave, in the churchyard of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinen (Our Lady of the Dunes), at Ostend, in 2006.

The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.

Louise Bourgeois.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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