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2007 03 22
Angle of Incident #46: Seminar 8, Vermin And Other Irritants: Part 6
I was most grateful to seminarist Lisa Hirmer for bringing to the table some information about a remarkable Spanish painter named Remedios Varo—about whom I had previously known nothing whatsoever . Here is Lisa’s brief introduction to Varfo’s work--and a couple of astonishing paintings:


A few years ago I had the fortuitous good-luck to discover the works of Remedios Varo by way of a thin Spanish paperback that my Grandmother had given to me within an eclectic pile of newspaper clippings and magazines brought back from Mexico. Unable to read the Spanish text, I knew virtually nothing about the artist but was completely enchanted by her beautifully enigmatic paintings of strange worlds and lonely mutant people.

I have since learned more about Varo’s life and work and although I would like to write something about the solitude of characters that wear the artist’s own face – or about Varo’s clever humor, or perhaps about the blurring of the human with the inhuman and the natural with the technological – I think I am without the skill to adequately do so and will therefore just let her works speak for themselves. As a brief introduction I can however say that Varo trained as an artist in Spain during the 1920s and was closely allied with the Surrealist movement first there and then in Paris; it was not until the 50s and early 60s however, that after having been twice displaced by war she produced her mature work while living in Mexico.

Janet A. Kaplan. Remedios Varo: Unexpected Journeys (New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 2000)

1. Spiral Transit, 1962
2. The Flutist, 1955

[email this story] Posted by Gary Michael Dault on 03/22 at 04:49 AM

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