In Two Places at the Same Time: Archiving the Domestic in the Work of Leonora Carrington and Sally Mann

  • Alicia Kent


Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), British novelist and painter, and Sally Mann (b.1951), American photographer, identify the domestic space as a creative space, and domesticity broadly defined is a recurrent feature of their prose and art. Critical responses to the work of both women artists overemphasise their biographies at the expense of their aesthetics. Mann’s photographs of her children attracted controversy due to their perceived inappropriate staging. Carrington was co-opted by the surrealists who influenced the creation and reception of her artistic work. For both artists, family and art coexist and the private space of the home becomes the locus for a public deliberation of the aesthetic value of the domestic. What is at stake in the reception of their work is an unwillingness to allow women artists to talk about the domestic space as both complex and universal, and an accompanying critical resistance to archiving domestic aesthetics.


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  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

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