Posted on November 7, 2013 by Nhora Serrano
November 8th – 10th, 2013, American University, Washington, DC
Prof. Nhora Serrano will be presenting “(Un)Tangling the Myth of Arachne: Remedios Varo’s Early Modern Triptych.” In this presentation, Dr. Serrano discusses how Remedios Varo re-fashions this myth as a modern feminist parable of storytelling in which the fantastical elements of Surrealism and Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (1490-1510) are the visual legacies she privileges, critiques and departs from. In this modern revision of the myth of Arachne, Varo’s triptych proposes a world where female figures are adventurers, in search of their own autonomy. In other words, Remedios Varo’s triptych is a feminist parable that enmeshes the spectator to realize that Arachne’s handiwork has not been completely obliterated, just unfairly marginalized.