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Leonora Carrington + Your Guardian Animal

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

AT HOME ART DATE | listen watch sculpt

Art is magic that makes the hours melt away and even days dissolve into seconds.

-- Leonora Carrington

In 1917, in a stately Gothic home that inspired many of her later paintings, Leonora Carrington was born. At the age of 15, Carrington was sent as a debutant to London, but she defied her parents and eventually left home for good. She went straight to Paris as Max Ernst’s lover and later moved to Mexico, where she lived and made art until her death.

When Carrington lived with Max Ernst in Paris, the two artists created sculptures of guardian animals. This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to create art that soothes and protects.

(element one) LISTEN to Journalist Joanna Moorhead on Leonora Carrington.

(element two) WATCH a discussion of one of Carrington’s paintings.

(element three) SCULPT your guardian animal.

(element one) LISTEN to Journalist Joanna Moorhead, a long-lost cousin, biographer and international expert on Leonora Carrington, interviewed by Katy Hessel on The Great Women Artists Podcast here.

(element two) WATCH this MoMA discussion of Carrington’s painting And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur here.

(element three) SCULPT with paper mache (water, paper, glue) creating a sculpture of your guardian animal.

How does it feel to give a hand-made sculpture such powers? Please take a photo and send it to a friend or send it to me. I would love to see what you have created! Try always to share your art.

Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!

If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.

If you were to make a guardian animal sculpture for a friend, what animal would you choose? Make this gift.

I hope you find Leonora Carrington + Your Guardian Animal to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.

I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.

These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity. Buy Pattie a Cup of Tea.



Bonus Material:

Leonora Carrington Newly Discovered Tarot Deck


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