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Dorothea Tanning and Her Gothic Imagination


Abstract Spanning an 80 year career and encompassing vastly different styles and media, the work of Dorothea Tanning revolves around a handful of obsessions. From an early stage, Tanning seeks to develop a visual vocabulary that draws on the subversive potential of both surrealist and gothic sensibilities to explore the physical and psycho-emotional nature of childhood and feminine experience. By doing so, she evokes many of the familiar tropes of the gothic: the motif of the haunted house, for example, with its capacity to fold the supernatural into otherwise ordinary, domestic spaces or the use of veils, doorways and wallpaper as possible sites of transformative potential that reveal or conceal alternate states of reality. Tanning has written exte... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Carruthers, Victoria (Author)
Series Journal of Surrealism of the Americas, VOL 5, NO 1 (2011)
Type Text, Peer-reviewed
Extent 25 Pages
Language English
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  JSA VOL 5 NO 1 Pages 134-158 Carruthers
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