The convergence of illusion and reality was central to my illustrations of ‘The Seventh Horse’, a short story by Leonora Carrington. Despite the surreal nature of the narrative, the symbolism and themes alluded to the events of the writer’s life- which was interspersed with the idea of escape.
My images present a magic reality which uses motifs such as the key and flight, but also a sense of the repression experienced by the writer within the use of texture and broken statues. I balanced the opposing real and fictional stories by collaging drawings together and considering how the image would be ‘read’, adding more subtle elements like the eye-like designs and the maze as the key. Additionally, a consistent colour scheme reflective of a nocturnal, ethereal world was used. Carrington’s life and her surreal, magical writing intertwine.
Words: Frances Hammond, Illustration, @frannyyha