Enemy: Ode à Ma Mere

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This week, we’re watching Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. A particularly memorable scene features this image of an enormous spider strolling through Toronto.

If this spider is familiar, it’s because it looks just like sculptor Louise Bourgeois’ Maman that lives at the Tate Modern in London. As the title implies, Maman is for Bourgeois’ mother “because my best friend was my mother and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat, and as useful as a spider.” (via) She revisited the spider often in her work – in particular in a book of words and etchings, Ode à Ma Mere. The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine is a good place to start to learn more about Bourgeois, and there’s lots more to see beyond spiders.

Ode à Ma Mere