I was very excited when I found out this exhibition was taking place. ‘The Hearing Trumpet’ is a favourite book of mine, and seeing Carrington’s art was something I had looked forward to for a long time. I was not disappointed.
The first painting you see is ‘El Mundo Magico de las Maya (1964). A huge surrealist display facing the doors, a face slap that encourages you to sit on the bench in front of it and stare. There is the famous ‘The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg)1947’ that attracts a lot of attention and rightly so, there is so much to examine and take in. A particular favourite (among many!) was a small felt doll, decorated in a Mexican style but which then surprised us with a small mirror sewn into the back of its head making it appear that you could see through it.
The theatrical masks she designed for ‘The Tempest’ are grotesque yet beautiful. I would have loved to have seen them on stage.
There are drawings, intricate and detailed. I loved that they looked like they had just been ripped from her sketchbook, and the baby’s cot she decorated is beautiful.
No doubt I will return!
The exhibition is on until the end of May.