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“Octopuses are clever animals that can learn and remember things.”


“A female octopus lays strings of eggs and hangs them from the roof of her house.  She keeps the eggs clean and guards them so carefully that she does not have time to eat.  After about 6 weeks the eggs hatch into tiny octopuses and soon afterwards the female octopus dies of starvation.”

p18 from Ocean – The living world.

I have been quite intrigued with octopuses lately.  We were lucky enough to see a live one at the beach between the rocks the other day.  We caught it with a net, put it in a bucket and looked at it.  We also let it suck our fingers. The children including me loved it. After we had a good look, we put it back.

When I have a patron someday I would like to make a huge octopus out of steel, bronze or maybe rubber.

Yes the above statement is inspired by Louise Bourgeois’s Maman


Isn’t it absolutely amazing? Who wouldn’t be inspired?

But whereas she found a connection with spiders (i like them too), my affinity lies with octopuses – maybe because I think that that is the ultimate symbol for motherhood, albeit not a very healthy one.

2 thoughts on “sacrifice

  1. The legs of Madame Bourgeois’ spider and your comments about the octopus are muddled in my foggy mind now and suddenly make me think of the mysterious hindu deity, Shiva, with all the arms. I know very little about Hinduism, unfortunately, so cannot volunteer something especially clever… I suspect all of this is just a little Freudian, perhaps, and like you, I catch myself thinking of motherhood.

    I certainly share a fascination for cephalopods with you. Just moments ago, I was looking at animal furniture by a brilliant artist… who makes, among other pieces, a sublime octopus chair. Sadly, not in my budget, but oh, so beautiful, even in 2-D!

    1. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing his work. Apart from the octopus chair I also love the frog and the whale. I can definitely picture my home inhabited by his furniture one day! Absolutely fabulous. Regarding Shiva- I can see the image in minds eye, but will have to do some research…Looking forward to it.

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