The Artist and the Flasher
The flasher is somebody who deals with things that are not supposed to be said, heard or, or seen. Right. Right. The flasher continually deals with, with the unsaid, unnoticed. And I, I like the flasher, because I live in that in that world where I like to call a cat a cat, a spade a spade, whatever. And that is where, that is where we find the necessary impulses and desires that are, that we need.[…] No, the flasher is the person that we have to take care of. Otherwise, it would be dangerous. But, in that word of regulation, the flasher has began a friend.Interviewer:
Why is the girl inside the flasher?Louise Bourgeois:
That is why the girl has taken refuge in the flasher's coat because she knows that nothing can go wrong. The limits are established and nothing can go wrong. The game is not rigged and that is why the girl takes refuge in that coat. Now, that is difficult to understand. In fact, it is not difficult to understand at all, if you are sympathetic. And has been able in the process of growing up, to feel compassion for the big fool, that is the flasher. The flasher is a man who has not grown up, the flasher is himself, is a retarded creature, that's why they find themselves. That's why they like each other. They are poor devils together. The big coat is a metaphor for the unconscious. She takes refuge the same way that artists take refuge in the unconscious. I feel at ease with my unconscious. I trust it.”
In conversation with Nigel Finch, July 21, 1993.