“The Call” by Remedios Varo
The work of Remedios Varo first came to my attention during a trip last year to Washington, DC, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. There was only one painting of hers in the museum, “The Call,” and I was drawn to it like a magnet and immediately fell in love with her work. There is a dream-like quality to her work that draws the viewer into another world that is both curious and quietly fascinating.
Remedios Varo was a Spanish-Mexican woman who was a surrealist painter and artist. Surrealism is a cultural movement and artistic style that began in 1924. Surrealism style uses visual imagery from the subconscious mind to create art without the intention of logical comprehensibility. Perhaps it is the bypassing of the logical mind and delving directly into the subconscious that makes surrealism so appealing to me.
A paragraph from the book, The Magic of Remedios Varo, explains the meaning of surrealism to Varo: “I do not believe that the world of dreams and oneiric fantasies was the reason Varo embraced surrealism as an artistic credo. On the contrary, she embraced a conscious revolution that allowed her to question the status quo, challenge the rules — the same ones she had studied in art school from A to Z — and in which her potential for astonishment was limitless. To Varo, surrealism meant ample license to unleash her imagination; it was a way of exploring her own subjectivity, of trusting her feminine instincts, and of turning both into a true aesthetic. Through surrealism, everything kept emotionally hidden could now be revealed.”
The following video shows a wide variety of her art and the depth of her venture into the world of the subconscious. May we all be unafraid to explore our own inner world.