Binckes, F (2013) Osmazone: Ithell Colquhoun, automatism and the literary field. In: Modernist Studies Association 15th Annual Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2013, University of Sussex.

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This paper investigates the place of automatism in the work of Colquhoun, drawing upon her published contributions to periodicals such as Fulcrum, Enquiry and The Glass, and upon unpublished materials currently held at the Tate. First, proposed that Colquhoun’s work – and in particular the automatic writing produced collaboratively with female friends – presented a distinctive intervention in standard Surrealist technique. Second, that Colquhoun’s attempts to find a language through which to articulate her practice marks both the ongoing battle for female authority within the highly gendered discourses of Surrealism, and a wider struggle for legitimacy experienced by women artists seeking recognition for their writing. Finally, it reflects upon the manner in which both these elements informed, and were informed by, Colquhoun’s lifelong exploration of the field of ‘magic’.

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