Magical is the word for the fascinating
and compelling paintings of Remedios Varo. Born is Spain, she emigrated
to Mexico with her husband Benjamin Péret, the French surrealist
poet, after fleeing first Franco’s fascists, then Nazi-occupied France.
Varo’s intensely strange paintings may well remind us of Bosch or Breughel,
or of the surrealist adventures in free-associative imaging. But her work
is intensely personal and unlike anything else in its endlessly open narrative
possibilities. Her explorations of identity, of other-wordly myths and
of freedom provide students of the fantastic with an arsenal of dangerous
and beautiful visions.