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Self-portrait | artist: Louise Bourgeois

A work of art does not need an explanation. The work has to speak for itself. The work may be subject to many interpretations, but only one was in the mind of the artist. Some artists say to make the work readable for the public is an artist’s responsibility, but I don’t agree with that. The only responsibility to be absolutely truthful to the self. My work disturbs people and nobody wants to be disturbed They are not fully aware of the effect my work has on them, but they know it is disturbing.
— Louise Bourgeois

The subject of pain is the business I am in — to give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.
— Louise Bourgeois

I have been to hell and back, and let me tell you, it was wonderful.
— Louise Bourgeois

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