LEONORA CARRINGTON (born 1917) was an English-born surrealist artist and writer who moved to Mexico during the Second World War and lived there until her death in 2011. She was the last surviving original member of the celebrated group of 20th-century women Surrealist artists who came together in Paris which included Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo (co-opted by André Breton), Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim and Remedios Varo. This video is an excerpt from the film GIFTED BEAUTY (Ragg Film, 2000) which examines the work of all six artists along with that of the contemporary Norwegian artist Vilde von Krogh. It features the interviews with Leonora Carrington (in Mexico City and New York City) used in the film made by filmmaker and assistant director Pamela Robertson-Pearce, along with her footage of Mexico (the Day of the Dead and Leonora Carrington's sculptures in the boulevard on Paseo Reforma, Mexico City). GIFTED BEAUTY was directed by Anne Kjersti Bjørn, with music by Maia Urstad and animations by Gustav Kvall.
Pamela Robertson-Pearce is an artist and filmmaker. Her other films include IMAGO: Meret Oppenheim (1996), on the artist who made the fur-lined teacup, which won several awards, including the Swiss Film Board’s Prize for Outstanding Quality and the Gold Apple Award at the National Educational Film and Video Festival in America. An excerpt from IMAGO is available on Vimeo at vimeo.com/3894796.
Pamela Robertson-Pearce has shown her work in solo exhibitions in New York and Provincetown, and in various group shows in the US and Europe. Born in Stockholm, she grew up in Sweden, Spain and England, then lived mostly in America - also working in Switzerland, Norway and Albania - before moving to Northumberland. She is available for showings of her work at festivals, exhibitions, art colleges and universities (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GIFTED BEAUTY is available on video with commentary in English or Norwegian from the Norsk Filminstitutt in Oslo. This extract has been uploaded for Pamela Robertson-Pearce who has asserted her right under Section 77 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identiﬁed as the filmmaker who made the interviews with Leonora Carrington and footage of Mexico noted above.