Artist and writer Leonora Carrington was born April 6, 1917 in Lancashire, England. In 1935 she was presented at Buckingham Palace as a debutante, by 1937 she had run away to France with Surrealist artist Max Ernst who was 26 years her senior. From The New Yorker: “Her stories convey a hostility, even a revulsion, toward figures of masculine authority. In ‘The Oval Lady,’ also written around 1937, a teen-age girl named Lucretia begs her father not to destroy a beloved horse called Tartar, who is something between a wooden toy and a living animal...But Papa does. As is often the case in Carrington’s work, the horse stands in for the imaginative potential of a woman or a girl, and it’s this potential that the antagonists of her stories seek to control.”
This portrait is part of a collaboration with WFMU’s DJ Trouble. She selects an artist per week in 2020 and I draw them.
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Caitlin Keegan is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of The Illuminated Tarot deck (illuminatedtarot.com).
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