Emily Hunt - Medea's Charms
The title for this edition is drawn from Richard Shillitoe’s book on Ithell Colquhoun. In Greek mythology, Medea is known as a sorceress. The object of the magical ring or charm when worn should invoke an entity or affect a ‘remembering’ of a past event or person. The five women who were chosen to be remembered were artists who created surrealist and ceremonial magical art. They were often seen as difficult women because of their single-minded pursuit of art. The five artists whose portraits adorn the ceramic rings are: Marion Elizabeth Adnams (1898-1995), who created paintings of bizarre papercraft figures; Eileen Agar (1899-1991), who’s reverence for the ocean was represented in paintings and bricolages of sea-sponges; Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) the high priestess of Surrealist art, her narrative details continue to enrapture her audiences to this day; Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1998), a sorceress who was deeply fascinated by colour combinations associated with the Kabbalah Tree of Life; and Grace Pailthorpe (1883-1971) who was a painter, surgeon and psychoanalyst who used automatic painting to describe the unconscious.
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