The idea for Amoeba came from the artist’s memories of the tadpoles she played with in
a river near her childhood home. The roughly-modelled organic form of the sculpture resembles a living creature, and the large swelling may be an allusion to pregnancy. Herself a mother, Bourgeois has made many works that explore themes of pregnancy and motherhood. ‘For me, sculpture is the body’, she has said. ‘My body is my sculpture’.