“The work of art is limited to an acting out, not an understanding”

“To talk does not constitute a catharsis. It is the actual doing. A work of art is successful for me when it removes anxiety. The price we have to pay: The work is only an acting out, trying to get rid of things. The work of art is limited to an acting out, not an understanding. If it were understood, the need to do the work would not exist anymore. Art is a guaranty [sic] of sanity but not liberation. It comes back again and again.”

– Louise Bourgeois, in conversation with Jerry Gorovoy, c. 1992. Louise Bourgeois Archive; LB-0837. Spotted over here.