Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Date of Publication: October 6th 2020
Rating: 5 stars
‘To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.’
You are born on a beautiful, snowy Christmas day. You are a wonderful child, bright and curious and loving, but your father prefers sons. Your refuge -and the refuge of every one of us- is your mother. Your beloved mother who wants you to help her finish parts of her beautiful tapestries. It is here where you realize that Art is full of endless possibilities. It is here where you know that colours, textures, material are on the ready for you. Waiting.
And then, tragedy strikes. You have lost your support, the one you loved the most. You are desperately angry, and your escape is painting, giving an image to your fears so that they stop haunting you. Your father ignores your existence. It doesn’t matter. Your mother has taught you to be strong. Nothing can beat you. You are determined to answer the call of your extraordinary gift. Fernand Léger, whose unique form of Cubism left its mark on Modern Art, believes in you. And you focus on sculpture. And the world is here.
New York. The Big Apple becomes a unique source of inspiration. The skyscrapers, the towers made of steel began their siren’s song. Your work depicts a strange, beautiful darkness. The loss, the fears, the nightmares. You shock and disturb and magnetize. You create a means to give voice to our primal terrors, to the feeling of entrapment and disorientation. Your spiders weave a web around us, protecting and terrifying us. You are unique. You paved the way for female artists to express themselves in ways deemed ‘’unconventional’’ by the society with its tiny brains and closed hearts.
Your name? Louise Bourgeois
“My knives are like a tongue – I love, I do not love, I hate. If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack. I am a double-edged knife.”
Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.