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Leonora

Lucy Skaer (born 1975, Cambridge, England, UK)


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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh; Photos: Serge Hasenböhler, Ruth Clark

This group of works is composed of an oak table with inlaid mother of pearl, waxed cherry wood, permanent marker pen and pencil on paper, 16mm film. Leonora is a mixed media work, including a 16mm film featuring an encounter between Skaer and Leonora Carrington, aged ninety, made when Skaer paid a visit to the artist’s Mexico City home in 2006. The film focuses on details of the elderly artist’s appearance and the objects in her home. The installation also involves drawings on paper and wooden three-dimensional forms made by Skaer, inspired by her meeting with Leonora. Leonora Carrington (b. 1917) is perhaps best known for her involvement in the Surrealist movement during the late 1930s. Following the wartime internment of her lover, the artist Max Ernst, Carrington suffered a nervous breakdown and was later incarcerated in a Spanish mental institution and treated for mild psychosis. On recovery, she moved to Mexico in 1942, where she continues to live and work. Her paintings are influenced by fairy tales and Celtic lore. Lucy Skaer said: ‘I was struck by how the world had changed during Carrington's life, and that her internal vision had remained more constant than reality had. My short film is a simple record of our meeting. I wanted to use the presence of Carrington within my installation as a kind of carte blanche to disassemble the logic of my own practice and move into unknown territory.’

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh, 2009
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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