Modern Languages & Literatures
Papers of Surrealism
The University of Manchester
This essay argues that the objects in Leonora Carrington’s kitchen, as represented in her writing and painting, are comparable to the objects in Breton’s study, as he writes about them and has them photographed. Her most emblematic object - the cauldron - epitomizes the way she mixes the ingredients of her art, creating new substances through a literal process of embodiment. In comparison, Breton predominantly matches the ingredients of his art, through his strategy of juxtaposition, following the combinatory principle of the surrealist image, the spark that stimulates automatism’s flow. Both sets of objects reflect the spaces that house them as the intellectual hub for each artist; the differences between them establish what distinguishes Breton from Carrington as surrealists, in particular their different approaches to non-Western objects.
Conley, Katharine, Carrington's Kitchen (2013). Papers of Surrealism.